Last week, ESPN announced two of the longest running events in X Games history, Snowboard X and Skier X, would not be a part of the 2013 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. ESPN cut the events, along with Mono X, and will not build the famed X Course on Buttermilk Mountain this year.
The decision to cut the competitions wasn’t easy, according to Tim Reed, senior director of content strategy for ESPN X Games. “We understand the ramifications these things bring. We come up with what we believe are the best events to showcase to our fans on-site and obviously the networks, too. There wasn’t one single factor that led to this decision. It just comes down to filling the schedule with how much we believe we need to make the event enjoyable to the fans and deliver on what we need from a product standpoint,” Reed said in an article on ESPN.
News that these events have been nixed from the Aspen lineup has rocked the snow industry and many athletes, and industry endemics have taken to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the decision.
Here is a rundown of reactions from the industry’s elite.
Kjersti Buaas @kjerstibuaas – Olympic snowboarder/ X Games competitor:
Booooooh! Not cool! RT @HeleneOlafsen: SBX gone from the X-games program! What the f*** ?? Sad for the sport, athletes and fans.. @ESPN_Snow
Nate Holland @N8Holland – Olympic boardercrosser / six X Games SBX golds:
@xgames cancels X Course, read the article and comment on #ESPN site, under comments to show your support for #SBX
John Stifter @johnnystifter – Powder magazine editor:
Bummed and pissed. Skier X was easily one of my favorite events. Better than watching gas-guzzling snowsleds circling a track 47 times.
Brady Leman @Lemanracing – Olympic boardercrosser:
@XGames has said No Skier X, BoarderX or MonoX this year! So sad considering they started the sports! Let em kno ppl! Help us get back in!
Roz Groenewoud @roz_g – pro skier / X Games competitor:
Pretty bummed that @XGames cancelled skier X, boarder X and mono X. I was so excited to have a huge, embarrassing sign for @BigAirMar!
Mike Rogge @skiingrogge – Powder magazine editor:
From @RahlvesBanzai to @justdueck, Skier X and Mono Skier X were awesome events to watch as a spectator.
Cody Townsend @codytownsend – pro skier:
@skiingrogge I agree, it’s also part of the history of X. Without it Freeskiing wouldn’t be there. Really bummed for all the competitors.
Transworld Business @TransWorldBiz:
X Games Gives #Snowboarder X The Axe (and skier x and even, Horror of Horrors mono skier x! :(
Johnnie Balfour @JBalfour317 – pro snowboarder:
Winter X Games drops SBX & SX. What the f##k? @Bataleon_Canada @redbull @Westbeach79 @POW_Canada @OGIO_Canada @oakley @h2oaudio
Sage Kotsenburg @sagekotsenburg – pro snowboarder / X Games competitor:
I feel terrible for the mono x snow x and skier x disciplines this is a hard blow for them, dropped from X GAMES
Nick Baumgartner @nickbaumgartner – Olympic boardercrosser / X Games competitor:
“@jenhudak: X Games cancels Snowboarder X and Skier X http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/story/_/id/8297792/snowboarder-x-skier-x-dropped-x-games …” super lame…
Jamie Fox @jamiefox1 – pro snowboarder:
From what I can tell, every international ski and snowboard feed is unhappy with @xgames decision to drop Ski & Boarder X. Athletes are gutted.
Kelsey Serwa @kelseyserwa – pro boardercrosser:
Really sad skier-X, mono-X & snowboard-X is removed from @XGames this year. What are your thoughts? Let @ESPN know so we can get them back!
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Photo courtesy ESPN via Powder magazine