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Winter X Games 2016: Aspen Dates, TV Schedule, Live Stream, Athletes, Event Info

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

ASPEN, USA - JANUARY 25: (FRANCE OUT) Gus Kenworthy of the USA competes during the Winter X Games Men's Ski Superpipe on January 25, 2015 in Aspen, USA. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Aspen, Colorado, will once again host the Winter X Games in 2016, as the annual event is set to take place between Thursday and Sunday.

ESPN and ABC will carry full coverage of the event, which will see hundreds of athletes compete across a wide range of disciplines within the following three categories: skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

Here's a look at the complete TV schedule, along with live stream info:

2016 X Games TV Schedule
DateTime (ET/GMT)EventTV InfoLive Stream
Thursday, Jan. 285:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final/Snowmobile SnoCross Round One & FinalESPN 3 (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Thursday, Jan. 288 p.m./3 p.m.Men's Ski SuperPipe FinalESPN 3 (U.S.)ESPN GO (U.S.)
Friday, Jan. 29Noon/7 a.m.Women's Snowboard Slopestyle FinalESPN 3 (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Friday, Jan. 292:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.Women's Ski Slopestyle FinalESPN 3 (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Friday, Jan. 297 p.m./2 p.m.Snowmobile Freestyle Final/Women's Ski SuperPipe/ Snowboard Big Air FinalESPN 3 (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Saturday, Jan. 301 p.m./8 a.m.Mono Skier X Semis/Final/Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final/Men's & Women's Ski Skier X Heats/Semis/Cons/FinalABC (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Saturday, Jan. 308:15 p.m./3:15 p.m.Men's Snowboard SuperPipe FinalESPN 3 (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Saturday, Jan. 309 p.m./4 p.m.Ski Big Air FinalESPN (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
Sunday, Jan. 31Noon/ 7 a.m.Snowboard Snowboarder X Adaptive Semis/Cons/Final/Men's Ski Slopestyle Final/Snowboard Snowboarder X Heats/Semis/Cons/Final/Women's Snowboard SuperPipe FinalESPN (U.S.)ESPN GO/ESPN Player (U.S.)
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To watch the 2016 X Games live, visit the event's official website or use the ESPN Player

Athletes to Watch

ASPEN, USA - JANUARY 25: (FRANCE OUT) Kevin Rolland of France takes 2nd place during the Winter X Games Men's Ski Superpipe on January 25, 2015 in Aspen, USA. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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The men's snowboard SuperPipe competition will be without 15-time X Games gold medalist Shaun White, as the 29-year-old American wasn't invited to the contest for the first time in well over a decade.

White missed the contest while preparing for the Olympics in 2014 but dominated the SuperPipe and Slopestyle events for years―until 2015, when he shockingly failed to medal.

Danny Davis has won the gold in the past two editions but faces a strong group of competitors, including Ayumu Hirano, Taku Hiraoka and Iouri Podladtchikov. The latter is one of the most inventive boarders around, and fans can't wait to find out whether he'll attempt his so-called YOLO flip, which won him Olympic gold in Sochi in 2014:

Chloe Kim is the favourite to defend her title in the women's event, and she shared this shot of the halfpipe via Twitter, showing the riders will face some tough conditions in Aspen:

Chloe Kim @chloekimsnow

Made it to Aspen! Can't wait to ride this thing tomorrow! @XGames https://t.co/2oO3hbgWxb

Alex Schlopy suffered an injury in last year's ski Big Air final, per Ryan Wallerson of Sports Illustrated. However, it's unlikely that it had much of an impact on the race for gold, as Vincent Gagnier put together one of the most dominant runs in recent X Games history.

The Canadian put tremendous pressure on his competitors by taking major risks early in the event, and as a result, a host of top names suffered crashes in the early rounds and failed to make the final.

Gus Kenworthy was one of them, and he'll be gunning for a better showing in 2016. So will runner-up Bobby Brown, who hasn't won the gold since 2012 but has appeared to be in excellent form during preparations for the event.

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 23:  Colten Moore defies gravity en route to finishing first and earning the gold medal in the snowmobile freestyle finals at Winter X-Games 2014 Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain on January 23, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pens
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Snowmobile freestyle was absent from the schedule last year, but Colten Moore and his rivals will return to Aspen in 2016, and the 26-year-old is once again the favourite to win. Moore famously took the gold in 2014, one year after his older brother Caleb Moore died during the 2013 X Games, per the event's official website.

Levi LaVallee will rival him in the freestyle event and is the favourite to grab gold in the SnoCross as well, celebrating his return to Buttermilk Mountain after suffering an injury that held him out last year, per Wallerson.

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