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    Winter X Games starts with two new snowmobile events

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Thursday, January 28, 2010
    Photo by Christian Pondella

    The Winter X Games started on January 28 in Aspen, Colo., coverage of these events will be on ESPN and ESPN 2 all weekend long.

    Coverage of the snowmobile events will begin Thursday from 12-3 pm ET for snowmobile freestyle events on ESPN 2.

    These events will include Ski-Doo's Joe Parsons, who won two gold medals last year at the Winter X Games. Parsons discussed in a January interview with Senior Editor Mark Boncher his role and future plans for the sport. (Read this interview with Joe Parsons)

    Polaris's Levi LaVallee, who attempted the only double back flip last year will, also, be competing in these events. Although according to ESPN, he will not be attempting another double backflip.

    This coverage will continue from 9-11pm ET on ESPN.

    Then on Friday from 7-11pm ET on ESPN, freestyle snowmobilers will be back again competing in the Snowmobile Best Trick competition.

    Photo by Paul Johnson

    Finally on Sunday, Tucker Hibbert will try to continue his winning streak during the Snowmobile Snocross event. Hibbert is currently tied with Blair Morgan as the most winning X-games snosser with three gold medals according to ESPN.

    A new event this year is the Adaptive Snocross event. This event involves many different riders with various disabilities and allows them to compete against one another. Among the contestants will be Mike Schultz, who placed fifth in Canterbury last weekend at ISOC's Pro Plus 30 Super Stock.

    Snowmobile Snocross and Adaptive will air on ESPN from 12-5:30pm ET.

    The final snowmobile event at this year's Winter X Game's will be the new Snowmobile Knock Out Final. Riders will attempt to jump the farthest from a steel ramp, set for distance, and in line with a step up landing several hundred feet away. Paul Thacker, who currently holds the record for the longest jump at 300-ft, will be competing in this event. ESPN is reporting that Tucker Hibbert and Levi LaVallee may also be competing. This event will air between 7-10pm ET on ESPN 2. (Watch Paul Thacker's world record jump)

    Additional coverage of these events can be found on Fox Racing Shox's website. Highlights of the website include interviews with Levi LaVallee and Tucker Hibbert, a full list of FOX Racing Shox competitors and a photo gallery that will be updated throughout the event. Visit this website at

    AmSnow will also have a full recap on Monday of the weekend's events and additional information in a special Tuesday e-newsletter with Yamaha announcing its 2011 lineup.  

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