Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, Colo.)
The first skier to win two gold medals at the same X Games event in 2010, Brown landed back atop the Ski Big Air podium at X Games Aspen 2012. In the zone all night, Brown easily won his third X Games medal in Aspen and carried that momentum into X Games Tignes 2012, where he won the Ski Slopestyle competition. Winning both Slopestyle and Big Air in 2010, he did so in epic fashion, landing the first switch double misty 1260 and 1440 en route to earning the first-ever perfect score in Winter X Games history. One of only a handful of skiers to land a triple cork, Brown rounded out his 11/12 season with a third place overall finish in Slopestyle at the Winter Dew Tour and a second place finish at the King of Style competition.
Kaya Turski (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
The most dominant female Slopestyle skier, Turski won gold at the past six consecutive X Games events, with a three-peat at both X Games Aspen 2012 and X Games Tignes 2012. Hailing from Quebec, Turski has a strong inline skating background which laid the foundation for her rail skills. She burst onto the Slopestyle scene in 2010 when she earned the best Ski Slopestyle run score in X Games history, male or female. Always pushing the level of Slopestyle skiing, Turski became the first female skier to land a switch 1080 in 2011 and then the first female skier to land the trick at X Games when she did so for gold in 2012. With a first place overall ranking in Slopestyle at the Winter Dew Tour 2012 and a first place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth, Calif. in 2012 and first place at this season’s Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Turski will attempt to complete the first-ever Ski Slopestyle four-peat at X Games Aspen 2013.
Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
One of the most stylish Ski Slopestyle competitors, Tom Wallisch was a surprise star at X Games Aspen 2012 when he won the Slopestyle gold with the highest men’s score ever awarded in X Games history (96.00). The Ski Slopestyle gold medalist at the inaugural Winter X Games Europe in 2010, Wallisch landed back atop the podium with a silver medal at the 2012 event. Wallisch carried his momentum the rest of the season, winning the U.S. Grand Prix and two Dew Tour stops en route to the overall Ski Slopestyle Winter Dew Tour title. A weekend warrior with no formal skiing background, Wallisch’s freestyle career took off when he began attending the University of Utah. Making the Dean’s List twice, Wallisch is an accomplished skier and student.
David Wise (Reno, Nev.)
The 21 year-old skier was the number one qualifier in Ski SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2012 and continued that momentum into the final where he earned his first ever X Games gold. Wise is not only a technical but stylish rider with a wide variety of tricks like the double cork 1260 and double flatspins, but is also one of the only skiers who can throw switch doubles in the pipe. Wise also earned his first international X Games medal last season, with a bronze medal run at X Games Tignes 2011. Following his win at X Games last year, Wise went on to win gold in both the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth, Calif. and the Dew Tour in Ogden, Utah.
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Canadian Groenewoud is coming off a 2012 season of domination in the pipe. Known for her amplitude, Roz began the season with a Ski SuperPipe win at X Games Aspen where she landed the biggest hit of the competition at 14’5” on the first hit of her final run. Using amplitude, switch tricks and rightside airs, Roz won her first X Games gold with the highest score in Women’s Ski SuperPipe history with a 93.66, dedicating her win to close friend and fellow X Games gold medalist Sarah Burke. Groenewoud continued her momentum into X Games Tignes, where she won gold in Ski SuperPipe again. A Winter Dew Tour stop win and U.S. Grand Prix win later, Groenewoud finished 2012 as the overall AFP SuperPipe Champion and made history as she became the first female snow athlete to sign a sponsorship with Target who supports only one other female athlete. Beginning this season with a third place finish at the Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge, Roz will look to repeat as Women’s Ski SuperPipe gold medalist.
Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.)
On an incredible streak dating back to the start of her 2010 season, Clark has proven her dominance of Snowboard SuperPipe riding by winning 18 of 20 events over the past two seasons. With the best season of her career in 2011/2012, Clark made history becoming the first female snowboarder to repeat gold in the Snowboard SuperPipe competition at X Games when she did so in Aspen and then again in Tignes in 2012. Last season she won the overall halfpipe TTR World Tour title, Burton Global Open Series, World Snowboarding Championships and finished first overall halfpipe in the Winter Dew Tour standings. The most decorated female SuperPipe rider in X Games history, Clark’s most prized achievement is still becoming the first female snowboarder to land a 1080 in competition when she did so at X Games Aspen in 2010. Entering this season stronger than ever, Clark will be looking for the first-ever female three-peat in Snowboard SuperPipe.
Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)
One of the few snowboarders to beat Kelly Clark last season, Hight will be a dark horse in the SuperPipe competition at X Games Aspen 2013. Entering X Games Aspen 2012 with two bronze medals in her trophy case, Hight had a standout night winning her first silver medal with one of the best runs of her career. Hight continued her momentum into a first place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth, Calif, a silver medal at X Games Tignes 2012 and winning the Burton U.S. Open over Clark. The first female snowboarder to land a backside 900 in Snowboard SuperPipe, Hight made history again when she became the first woman to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo. The only other riders who have landed the trick are Danny Davis and Shaun White.
Men’s Slopestyle/Big Air
Mark McMorris (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
A surprise pick for X Games Aspen in 2011, McMorris has established himself as a Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air phenom. The first snowboarder to land the backside triple cork 1440 in March 2011, McMorris became a sensation at X Games Aspen 2012, winning gold in Big Air with the first Triple Cork ever landed in competition. Also winning Snowboard Slopestyle in an 18 and under podium sweep, McMorris was named the Jeep Athlete of the Games. A few months later, McMorris also won the Slopestyle silver at X Games Tignes, behind Shaun White. This season, McMorris is off to a phenomenal start with a double-victory at the Winter Dew Tour Breckenride, where he thrilled the crowds with triple cork after triple cork en route to first place in both Slopestyle and Big Air.
Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.)
The first snowboarder to five-peat in SuperPipe, White raised the bar even higher with a perfect-scoring run en route to gold. In his first X Games Tignes appearance in 2012, White won gold in both Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle. With the most gold and overall medals in the history of the winter edition of X Games, White has been all but unstoppable in Snowboard SuperPipe. White won the past nine halfpipe competitions he has entered, including the 2010 Winter Olympics with his win streak stretching back to 2010. White is also a dominant Vert skateboarder, winning X Games gold in Los Angeles the last time he competed in 2011. White is the definition of a superstar, parlaying his snowboard talent into film and television roles, best-selling video games and a line of clothing and accessories sold at Target. Winning the Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge SuperPipe competition in December 2012, White returns to Aspen attempting to become the first athlete to six-peat at a winter event.
Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)
With a banner season in 2012, Anderson enters 2013 as the defending Snowboard Slopestyle champion at both X Games Aspen and X Games Tignes. After a bronze medal performance at Winter X Games 15, Anderson returned in 2012 to reclaim the gold in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle. Next she earned the top spot at the Roxy Snow Pro and the Burton Canadian Open. Anderson continued her win streak in Tignes, repeating as the gold medalist in Snowboard Slopestyle. She finished out the season with two more Burton Open wins, the overall TTR World Tour title in Snowboard Slopestyle and the overall Burton Global Open Series title. The youngest snowboarder and youngest female to win an X Games gold medal in the winter edition, Anderson already has a Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge Slopestyle win under her belt heading into Aspen.
Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive
Mike Schultz (Pillager, Minn.)
The first athlete to win gold at the winter and summer versions of X Games in different sports in the same year, Schultz dominates the adaptive competition at X Games. Winning both Moto X Super X Adaptive and Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive in 2010, Schultz is a favorite to three-peat in Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive at X Games Aspen 2013. Competing in five Winter X Games SnoCross events before he lost his leg in 2008, Schultz created a special knee and prosthetic leg to accommodate his sled and dirtbike riding. Schultz returns to the Adaptive SnoCross competition with the deepest experience in snocross racing that allows him to maintain a high level of competitiveness, even against able-bodied snocross racers.
Tucker Hibbert (Pelican Rapids, Minn.)
Arguably the most dominant snocross racer ever, Tucker Hibbert easily earned his fifth consecutive Snowmobile SnoCross gold medal at Winter X Games 15, his sixth overall gold and 10th overall medal. With the successful five-peat, Hibbert set a new record for the most Snowmobile gold medals in Winter X Games history. A heavy favorite going into X Games Aspen 2013, Tucker is already in the history books as the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist at just 15 years old. The 2012 FIM Snocross World Champion, Hibbert is incredibly smooth when he rides, reads tracks superbly, knows how to spot the fast lines and is arguably the best-conditioned athlete in the sport. With 71 National Pro Snocross wins, Hibbert is the second winningest pro in history pro snocross events. During the summer months, Hibbert competes in AMA Pro Motocross events, with eight top-15 finishes in his career.
Colten Moore (Krum, Texas)
The younger of the two Moore brothers, Colten proved he’s not just Caleb’s little brother with a breakout double-medal performance at X Games Aspen 2012. A member of the Bomb Squad ATV freestyle team, both Moore brothers have travelled the world performing ATV demos and freestyle shows. After transitioning their ATV skills to the sled in a foam pit, they traveled to Michigan to train on snow just weeks before their first X Games appearance. While his brother Caleb earned his first Winter X Games medal in his rookie appearance in 2010, Colten finished just off the podium, taking home fifth place in Best Trick. After another fifth place finish in Best Trick and Freestyle in 2011, Colten picked up more sled demos after Caleb’s ACL surgery which gave him more practice than ever on the snowmobile entering X Games Aspen 2012. The only athlete in the Freestyle final without a medal, Moore attacked his two runs and won gold a full three points ahead of the silver medalist’s score. In the Best Trick competition, Moore earned silver with a Tsunami Indian air backflip which had never been landed at X Games.
Heath Frisby (Middleton, Idaho)
Making history last January with the first-ever frontflip landed on a snowmobile, Frisby cemented himself as one of the best Freestyle riders in history. With a Best Trick medal each X Games he has competed in the discipline, Frisby earned his second Best Trick gold with the frontflip. The first rider to perform several tricks on a sled including body varials and backflips, he is best-known for inventing the “Frisby Air” – a trick landed with skis forward and body facing backwards. Raised in a sledding family, Frisby is one of the original Freestylers, competing in the very first IFSA event in 2002. In 2013, Frisby will attempt to defend his Best Trick gold and defend his 2011 silver in Speed & Style, returning this year to X Games Aspen.