Winter X Games 16: Stars That Are Destined to Entertain and Amaze

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18:  Shaun White of the United States snowboard Olympic team hangs out at the USA House on February 18, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Don't miss any of the following athletes' Winter X Games 16 performances—they are going to be special.

Winter X Games 16 takes place January 26th-29th in Aspen, Colorado. That means the action will be coming fast and furious once the Games begin.

Here are the athletes who will be filling up the highlight reels. 


Shaun White

The inclusion of "The Flying Tomato" on this list should surprise no one. He has been dropping jaws and emptying seats for years now, and he just keeps getting better. 

White has won X Games gold in the Superpipe four straight times, and his last was his most impressive. His medal-winning run checked in with a score of 97.33. During that run he landed the Double McTwist 1260. 

It's impossible to say what he could do to top that, but it is a good bet he will. 


Kelly Clark

Clark is essentially the female snowboarding equivalent of Shaun White. She is the dominating figure in women's Superpipe.

She has medaled in that competition in six of the last eight X Games—including winning gold in 2006 and 2011—and she shows zero signs of slowing down.

However, Clark is now 28, and she likely realizes she is nearing the end of her great run. Look for her to push things farther than ever before to give a performance that trumps anything she has done.


Sebastien Toutant

Toutant had a stellar X Games debut in 2011. He won the Snowboard Slope Style gold and the Snowboard Big Air silver. 

This snowboarder extraordinaire is only getting better. Last spring, he became just the third person to land the triple cork backside 1440. 

Toutant is a 5'7", 145-pound stick of dynamite. He is explosive and unpredictable, and he is certainly looking to go huge in this X Games.