Winter X Games 16: Highlighting Best Athletes in Final 2 Days of Event

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2013

Female snowboarder Kelly Clark
Female snowboarder Kelly ClarkDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

Although the Winter X Games are winding down in Aspen, Colo., there are still plenty of great athletes left.

It doesn't matter what sport it is, fans should always be enthralled and entertained by an athlete who dominates his event.

The X Games are a great opportunity to showcase events and personalities that would be completely unknown to a large segment of the sporting public.

Tony Hawk, Shaun White, Dave Mirra, Gretchen Bleiler, Hannah Teter, etc. would all remain extremely good at what they do. Yet their careers would have remained in relative anonymity without the exposure of the X Games.

The first two days of the X Games featured some great action, and we can expect even more on Saturday and Sunday. Here are three athletes you should focus on this weekend.


Jamie Anderson, Women's Snowboard Slopestyle

Few female snowboarders are as consistent as Jamie Anderson. Despite being only 22 years old, Anderson has had a ton of experience and success in Snowboard Slopestyle.

It's almost too easy for her at this point in her career. If she has a clean run, her competitors stand virtually no chance.

Here's her Slopestyle medal haul since 2006: three gold, one silver and two bronze. It's an impressive run.

Anderson is also the reigning Snowboard Slopestyle champion. She beat Enni Rukajarvi by almost 13 points in last year's edition.

She isn't a guarantee to win, but you can lock it in that Anderson will medal in Snowboard Slopestyle.


Kelly Clark, Women's Snowboard SuperPipe

Kelly Clark is one of the most decorated female snowboarders in American history. She won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics and a bronze at the 2010 Olympics, both of which came in the women's halfpipe.

She's been even better at the Winter X Games, winning a total of seven medals, including three golds, in the Snowboard SuperPipe.

As the two-time reigning champion, Clark will be the heavy favorite this year. Whatever she does in 2013, it's doubtful Clark will be able to replicate the buzz of her performance in 2011. She became the first female to hit a 1080 in competition that year.


Heath Frisby, Snowmobile Best Trick

One of the biggest innovators on the snowmobile at the X Games has been Heath Frisby. He's won the gold medal twice—in 2010 and 2012—in Snowmobile Best Trick.

2012 was an historic year for Frisby. He was the first person to land a front flip on a snowmobile. The average sports fan would probably brush aside the accomplishment; however, the strength and body control necessary for flipping a snowmobile are incredible.

It's going to be hard to follow that accomplishment, so don't be disappointed if Frisby fails to make history again.