The Official Winter X Games Tignes 2012 Press Conference- set to take place March 13, at 3:30 p.m- will be available to watch live via XGames.com. Ten of the Games most prestigious contenders, along with ESPN Vice President Chris Stiepock, Events COO for CANAL + Events Samir Boudjemaaand, and Tignes Resort Director Sébastien Merignargues will be on hand for interviews.
Read on for more info on the conference:
Athletes confirmed to attend include:
Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, USA) – The defending gold medalist at Winter X Games Tignes, Anderson recently became the defending gold medalist at Winter X Games Aspen as well. The most consistent woman in the Slopestyle field, Jamie is a six-time Snowboard Slopestyle medalist and has won the past two Winter Dew Tour Snowboard Slopestyle titles.
Xavier Bertoni (Tignes, France) – He is one the man that has spearheaded the burgeoning halfpipe movement in France, with his best friend and fellow Winter X Games Gold medalist Kevin Rolland. He won a Gold Medal at Winter X Games Aspen 2009, in SuperPipe. One year later, he did earn silver in front of the hometown crowd at the inaugural Winter X Games Tignes in 2010. More than never motivated, he was training hard to be back on the top at home.
Kelly Clark (West Dover, USA) – Easily one of the most dominant female snowboarders today, Kelly won every competition she entered last season and almost every competition she has entered this season, including back-to-back gold medals at Winter X Games Aspen. Her most prized achievement is the respect of her female snowboarding peers and the well-earned reputation of pushing women’s halfpipe riding further than any other, including a first-ever contest 1080 in the pipe in 2011.
Mathieu Crepel (La Mongie, France) – The strongest French rider on the Men’s SuperPipe roster, Mathieu earned a silver medal at the inaugural Winter X Games Tignes event. Competing in SuperPipe once again, Mathieu also added Real Snow Backcountry to his resume, submitting a video to the first-ever Winter X Games backcountry video competition
Heath Frisby (Middleton, USA) – One of the best snowmobile freestyle riders in history, Heath cemented that status at Winter X Games Aspen 2012 when he became the first and only snowmobile rider to land a frontflip in competition. Taking home his second Best Trick gold medal with the frontflip, Heath is now a seven-time Winter X Games gold medalist.
Mark McMorris (Regina, Canada) – Heading into Winter X Games Aspen 2012 the defending Snowboard Slopestyle silver medalist, Mark McMorris more than defended his title when he earned gold in both Slopestyle and Big Air. His Big Air gold came in historic fashion as he threw the first triple cork ever landed in competition.
Iouri Podladtchikov (Zurich, Switzerland) – The biggest threat to Shaun White’s SuperPipe throne, Iouri finished just behind White at Winter X Games Aspen to win his second silver medal in the Snowboard SuperPipe event. After winning the inaugural Snowboard SuperPipe competition at Winter X Games Tignes 2010, Iouri returned in 2011 to win silver. Iouri has added another trick to his bag for Winter X Games, the switch double McTwist 1260 which may help him return to the top of the podium.
Kaya Turski (Montreal, QC, Canada) – The first female skier to complete the three-peat in Women’s Skiing Slopestyle in Aspen, Kaya will also go for a three-peat at Winter X Games Tignes this year. Turski proved her dominance of the sport when she became the first female skier to land a switch 1080 in competition during her Slopestyle run at Winter X Games Aspen.
Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, USA) – Enjoying a banner 2012 season, Tom already has the Overall Winter Dew Tour Ski Slopestyle title and Winter X Games Aspen Ski Slopestyle gold medal under his belt. Winner of the inaugural Winter X Games Tignes Ski Slopestyle gold, Tom is a student at the University of Utah and a favorite to win gold at this year’s event.
David Wise (Reno, USA) – The number one qualifier in Men’s Ski SuperPipe at Winter X Games Aspen, David rode that momentum to his first-ever Winter X Games gold medal. A surprise gold medalist, David also finished last season in third place overall on the Winter Dew Tour standings and recently took first place at the Winter Dew Tour Utah stop. In Tignes, he is the favorite for Gold medal.