The air is beginning to chill, the kids are back in school, and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes are wafting around town. That can only mean one thing: fall is here and winter is on its way. Besides the annual traditions like celebrating the holidays and breaking out your favorite hoodie, one of the most anticipated events of the year is right around the corner.
On February 24-28, 2016, The Winter X Games will be held in Oslo, Norway, but that’s not all. For the first time in X Games history both summer and winter sports will be contested internationally during the same X Games event. The highlighted events of this year’s competition are both men’s and woman’s Snowboard and Ski Big Air, Snowboard and Ski SuperPipe, and Skateboard Street. ESPN will be teaming up with TV2 to provide 21 hours of live coverage over the span of five days.
Just like Summer X Games Austin, X Games Oslo will feature world-class musical performances to go alongside with world-class action sports talent.
According to Hallstein Bjercke, Oslo’s vice mayor of cultural affairs and business development, “Oslo is going to be the winter sport capitol of the world, and we look forward to having the world’s elite in Oslo in February. I’m confident this will inspire young Norwegians to strap into skis and boards and get out to the hill. We support X Game Oslo to show new aspects of the sport city Oslo, and we would like to present Oslo as the world’s best compact arena for culture and sports.”
Similar to many Winter X Games in the past, many courses will have to be built, but will be left open for public use after X Games Oslo. The Snowboard SuperPipe competitions are scheduled for Friday, February 26 at the Oslo Winter Park while the Snowboard and Ski Big Air will be held the following day at Tøyen. The event will wrap up on Sunday, February 28 with the Ski SuperPipe, along with Street Skating sessions at Oslo Winter Park.
The first wave of invited athletes hail from all across the globe, including a concentration of Norwegian competitors. A local favorite X Games and Olympic Snowboard medalist said, “We have a lot of great snowboarders in Norway, so it is really important to have a big event like the X Games in Oslo. To be able to compete in my sport in my country in front of all my friends and family is huge.” The second wave of athlete invites will be announced on Dec 1st. The full list of invited competitors can be viewed here.
Athletes will finish their training and conditioning over the next few months for this one of a kind event. With contributions from ESPN, TV2, and the City of Oslo, this epic multi-sport event will rewrite the history books and bring action sports to an international stage. Don’t forget to tune in to the globally televised event, February 24-28.