The next few weeks are going to be quite busy for some of the top male and female snowboarders and skiers in the world. That's because a number of them aren't heading to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics quite yet.
The 2022 Winter X Games are set to take place in Aspen, Colorado, from Friday to Sunday, with a host of medals up for grabs. Among the athletes participating will be several who will then take part in the Olympics in February.
As it has been since 2002, the Winter X Games are being held at Buttermilk Mountain. However, this year's event will have a special feel after the 2021 edition was held without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, people who are fully vaccinated will be able to attend the competitions.
Here's everything else you need to know heading into this year's Winter X Games in Aspen.
2022 Winter X Games Information
Dates: Jan. 21-Jan. 23
TV Coverage: ESPN, ABC
Live Stream: X Games social media channels, ESPN app
No woman has had more success at the Winter X Games than snowboarder Jamie Anderson, and the 31-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years.
At the 2021 Winter X Games, Anderson won the gold medals in both women's slopestyle and women's big air. She now has 19 medals in her Winter X Games career, which includes eight golds. Her seven golds in slopestyle are the most by any competitor in Winter X Games history.
Anderson will look to add to her impressive resume at the event this weekend, when she's set to compete in both slopestyle and big air again. It could be the start of an impressive stretch for Anderson, who will also be participating in the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
In Olympic competition, Anderson has been just as successful. She won the gold medal in women's slopestyle in 2014 and 2018, which are the only two Games in which it has been an event. She has a good chance to make it three in a row next month.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to represent the U.S. on such a big stage," Anderson said, per Justin Scacco of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. "I'm also excited to motivate young girls to follow their dreams."
Another name to watch at the Winter X Games will be Dusty Henricksen. The 18-year-old made his X Games debut last year, and he broke on to the scene in a big way, capturing gold medals in both slopestyle and knuckle huck.
Like Anderson, Henricksen will be representing the United States at the Winter Olympics. But before that, he will look to have another successful showing at the Winter X Games and continue his impressive start to his career.
Henricksen will first be in action Friday, when the knuckle huck is taking place. The other events scheduled for the opening day of the 2022 Winter X Games are men's snowboard superpipe, women's snowboard slopestyle, women's ski big air and women's ski superpipe.
On Saturday, the events taking place are women's ski slopestyle, men's snowboard slopestyle, women's snowboard big air, women's snowboard superpipe, men's ski big air and men's snowboard big air.
The 2022 Winter X Games will conclude Sunday with men's ski slopestyle, men's ski superpipe and ski knuckle huck.