Winter X Games 16 Schedule: One Must-Watch Event from Each Day

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Shaun White takes the podium for the goal medal in the men's snowboard superpipe final during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. White earned his fifth consecutive gold medal in the event and scored a perfect 100 points on his final run.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Winter X Games have already begun and this year's event promises to be one of the more exciting in its history. Some of the brightest young stars in the sport will make it down to Aspen, Colorado, to showcase what they can do, all the while dropping a few jaws in the process.

Superstars like Shaun White, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark and many more will have the chance to once again show the rest of the world why it is they are considered among the elite in the sport.

Let's take a look at the full X Games schedule for this year and one must-watch event from each day of coverage.


Where: Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, Colo.

When: Friday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 27

Watch: ESPN and ABC

Live Stream: WatchESPN


Complete X Games Schedule

Check out the official site of the X Games for full schedule.


Thursday, Jan. 24

Men's Skiing SuperPipe, 12:30 p.m. ET

Men's Snowboard Slopestyle, 3 p.m. ET

Men's Snowboard SuperPipe, 10 p.m. ET

Snowmobile Freestyle Final, 10:30 p.m. ET


Friday, Jan. 25

Men's Skiing Slopestyle, 3 p.m. ET

Snowboard Street Final, 3:30 p.m. ET

Women's Skiing Superpipe Final, 8:30 p.m. ET

Snowboard Big Air Final, 10:30 p.m. ET

Men's Skiing SuperPipe Final, 10:45 p.m. ET


Saturday, Jan. 26

Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final, 2 p.m. ET

Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final, 3:30 p.m. ET

Snowmobile Speed and Style Final, 4:45 p.m. ET

Skiing Big Air Final, 9 p.m. ET

Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final, 9:15 p.m. ET


Sunday, Jan. 27

Men's Skiing Slopestyle Final, 2 p.m. ET

Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final, 3:15 p.m. ET

Women's Skiing Slopestyle Final, 3:30 p.m. ET

Snowmobile SnoCross Final, 4 p.m. ET

Snowmobile Best Track Final, 9 p.m. ET

Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final, 9:45 p.m. ET


Must-Watch Event From Thursday: Men's Snowboard SuperPipe

Anytime White's name is listed as a participant in an event, you must watch—unless you don't have a pulse. After all, it was White who was responsible for the first perfect score in this event in X Games history.

What makes White even more special is that he gets more air for his tricks than most competitors can even dream of. This allows him to bust off spectacular moves that few can, and ultimately he can wow the judges enough to surpass the rest of the field with relative ease.

Other athletes such as Louri Podladtchikov, Ryo Aono and Christian Haller will all be back in this event in 2013. All of these men had impressive showings in last year's X Games, but thanks to White's incredible dominance, they fell short with what otherwise would have been solid performances.

This event on the opening day of the games will help set up what will be an exciting final on the last day of the X Games.


Must-Watch Event From Friday: Women's Skiing Superpipe Final

Last year's event led to a nail-biting finish, and with some of the same women back for the 2013 version, this year's X Games Women's Skiing Superpipe Final won't disappoint.

The top-3 finishers from 2012 (Roz Groenewoud, Maddie Bowman and Brita Sigourney) are all back this year, as well as the fourth-place finisher (Anais Caradeux).

A mere four points separated fourth place from first in 2012, so expect this year to be more of the same as these women are so evenly matched.

The great thing about this event is that there is no Shaun White-type athlete who will dominate, so it's anyone's guess if Groenewoud can fend off her stiff competition to repeat and take home gold once again.


Must-Watch Event From Saturday: Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final

This event will pit two of the very best in the sport against one another: White vs. McMorris.

McMorris is the reigning champion after beating his nearest competitor by five points in 2012. There's no doubt he's a step above the rest in this event and it may be White who is the only person with a chance to knock-off the defending champion.

This isn't White's best event by any stretch, but a special athlete such as he can never be counted out. If White can put together an impressive showing in the Slopestyle event, that will put a ton of pressure on McMorris, who hopes to not become another one of White's statistics.

However, until we see someone knock him off the top of the slope, McMorris will remain the king of this event.


Must-Watch Event From Sunday: Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final

In what will be a continuation from the first day of X Games competition, the champion of the Snowboard Superpipe will finally be crowned on the final day of the games.

White will of course be the favorite here, but that isn't the real story.

With his biggest competitors understanding that it will take a special performance to win, look for some insane tricks to be attempted by guys like Podladtchikov, Aono and Haller, amongst others.

Those three men in particular understand it takes a special effort to unseat the champion and it'll be time to take a few risks.

True fans of the X Games can only hope that anyone other than White can be successful in such an attempt to defy gravity, which in turn will force White to pull something unimaginable out of his bag of snowboard tricks.

If there was a main event at this year's X Games, this one is it.


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