X Games’ formal quest for global domination is now underway. Okay, maybe they don’t want to take over the world, but their plans for expanding X Games to three more cities across the globe were announced today. Starting in 2013, X Games will be expanding to six events. Joining Los Angeles, Aspen, and Tignes will be Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, Barcelona, Spain, and Munich, Germany.
X Games organizers conducted an intense bidding process, ultimately selecting the three new cities, for a total of two winter events (Aspen and Tignes) and four summer events (Los Angeles, Foz do Iguacu, Barcelona, and Munich).
John Skipper, President of ESPN, commented, “We are bringing significant focus to this expansion because we believe in the universal appeal of these sports and competitors and want to share the X Games experience with fans around the world.”
The biggest surprise from the announcement may actually be which city was not chosen. Whistler, though rumored by many to be a prime destination for Winter X Games, was not added to the lineup. Mixed reactions from some of the winter athletes have begun pouring in on Twitter:
Whistler was the rumor. Turns out it’s not happening yet, but maybe in the future.
Bummed that @xgames didn’t add another winter stop at @WhistlerBlckcmb #GlobalXGames
Bummed @XGames expanded summer and not winter. Come on guys!
Roz Groenewoud: Very surprised #GlobalXgames isn’t expanding to @WhistlerBlckcmb in 2013. Canadian X-Games would have been awesome but I still love @wssf!
Click here for details about the new host cities and more reactions on the expansion.
X Games 2013 Schedule
Jan. 24-27: Aspen, Colo.
March 20-22: Tignes, France
April 18-21: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
May 9-12: Barcelona, Spain
June 27-30: Munich, Germany
Aug. 1-4: Los Angeles