Industry News 12/10/2012

X GAMES: ESPN X Games Reveals Global Expansion Sport Disciplines for 2013

ESPN X Games Reveals Global Expansion Sport Disciplines for 2013
World-Class Host Cities Welcome New World of X Games

ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, kicks off a new era with the 2013 global expansion’s six-event schedule – featuring eight sports, 26 disciplines and new iconic venues from inaugural host cities Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; and Munich, Germany.  Joining the existing world-class events in Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Tignes, France, the three new cities will combine to offer the most wide-ranging program of sports and disciplines in X Games history, including the addition of Mountain Bike Slopestyle, Women’s Skateboard Park and the return of BMX Freestyle Dirt.

With the disciplines set, event planning and course designs underway, this expansion will be the first of its kind for the franchise in terms of size, scope and scale – setting a global stage to spotlight the world’s best action sports athletes in BMX, Skateboard, Moto X, Rally Car, Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile – while also highlighting new and unique lifestyle, cultural and digital elements around the world.

“ESPN is giving athletes a tremendous opportunity to succeed and gain more exposure in their respective sports,” said action sports icon and 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana. “It is awesome to see X Games not only take these sports to more cities globally, but I love seeing new sports added and the return of past, popular events.”

Tim Reed, senior director, X Games content strategy said, “We’re very excited to embark on this new chapter of X Games global expansion and to offer such a wide array of locations and amazing backdrops for the sport disciplines in 2013.  Showcasing the world’s best action sports athletes in six world-class host cities will enable fans to experience premier competition and the unique culture synonymous with the new world of X Games.”

The full list of X Games sports disciplines for 2013 is as follows:

Aspen Jan. 24-27
Ski: Big Air, Slopestyle (M&W), SuperPipe (M&W)
Snowboard: Big Air, Slopestyle (M&W), Street, SuperPipe (M&W)
Snowmobile: Best Trick, Freestyle, SnoCross, SnoCross Adaptive, Speed & Style

Tignes March 20-22
Ski: Slopestyle (M&W) + SuperPipe (M&W)
Snowboard: Slopestyle (M&W) + SuperPipe (M&W)
Snowmobile: Fresstyle (demo)

Foz do Iguaçu April 18-21
BMW Freestyle: Big Air, Dirt, Park, Vert
Skateboard: Big Air, Park (men's), Street (M&A), Vert
Moto X: Best Trick, Best Whip, Enduro X (M&W), Freestyle, Speed & Style, Step Up
Rally Car: RallyCross

Barcelona May 16-19
BMX Freestyle: Big Air, Park, Street, Vert
Skateboard: Big Air, Park (M&W), Street (men's), Vert
Moto X: Best Trick, Best Whip, Enduro X (M&W), Freestyle, Step Up
Rally Car: RallyCross

Munich June 27-30
BMX Freestyle: Big Air + Park
Skateboard: Big Air, Park (men's), Street (men's), Vert
Moto X: Best Trick, Best Whip, Enduro X (M&W), Freestyle, Step Up
Mountain Bike: Slopestyle

Los Angeles Aug. 1-4
BMX Freestyle: Big Air, Park, Street, Vert
Skateboard: Big Air, Park (men's), Street (M&W), Vert
Moto X: Best Trick, Best Whip, ENduro X (M&W), Racing (women's), Step Up
Rally Car: RallyCross

The world’s premier action sports athletes will be competing at new iconic venues such as Iguaçu Falls, Barcelona’s Montjuïc Park Olympic ring and Munich’s Olympic Park.

Rendering of X Games Foz do Iguacu Vert ramp.

Rendering of X Games Barcelona Park and Street Course.

Rendering of X Games Munich Big Air ramp.