Winter X Games 2012: Top Competitors and Video Highlights

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Winter X Games 2012: Top Competitors and Video Highlights
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Winter X in Aspen, Colorado gets underway today with a heavy heart.

This year's games will be in "spirit and memory" of Sarah Burke, a Canadian freestyle skier and four-time X Games gold medalist who tragically passed away last week after a fall in a training run at Park City, Utah.

Burke was a pioneer in her sport and instrumental in getting ski half-pipe included in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Long-time X Games host Sal Masekela of ESPN told the Aspen Times, "This Winter X Games is going to be in her spirit and in her memory. If there is one thing about Sarah which she would want, she would want the show to go on."

And the show will go on with the best these sports has to offer.

With Sarah in their hearts and minds, we can expect these competitors to go big and go often.

Here are some of the best that Winter X has to offer in 2012.

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