The Winter X Games begin Thursday, January 26 and continue until Sunday, January 29.
Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling are all on the rise in the world of sports. These snow sports humbly originated from creativity, individuality, and most of all, having fun.
Skiing and snowboarding are much more than sliding straight down a hill with nothing to it. Some may love the adrenaline, while others may always strive to perfect a new technique or trick, but almost all throw their own flair into it with the goal of having fun. Snow sports are different than your average football, baseball, or basketball game in many ways. Perhaps the most profound difference, though, is that it’s not all about winning or being the best. Rather, it’s about doing your own thing and having your own style, all while interacting with those around you, just like the days when the sport was budding in popularity.
There are no specific rules or limitations to what can be done. Often times, that’s why you see the sport’s pioneers pushing the boundaries set by the champions before them. All of these aspects are demonstrated in documentaries, movies, and within each competition.
Treating snow sports as a highly competitive sport rather than a time to have fun is strongly looked down upon in the realm of winter action sports. This is proven through the fame-driven snowboarder Shaun White. Shaun White “rides solo,” if you will.
Even though he demonstrates great talent and success, many riders as well as fans of the sport question his main goal. Most of the people seen in competitions are friends and they ride together, always aiming to have a great time. Shaun White snowboards for the main purpose of competing and winning. He has been invited out to snowboard and work with other riders, but has turned down the opportunity. Over time, he has lost sense of what it’s really all about—having fun.
As you watch the upcoming Winter X Games, slated for January 26-29 in Aspen, CO, be sure to look out for the smiles shared and the flair and personality incorporated into each time a skier or snowboarder drops. Some names that are certainly worth watching for female skiiers are Jamie Anderson, Chloe Kim, and Hailey Langland. Jamie Anderson is a Lake Tahoe native who loves everything outdoors and puts all of her soul into snowboarding. Chloe Kim and Hailey Langland are both rookies in the competition setting but are definitely advancing quickly, even passing up the veterans in the sport. For the male division, Danny Davis and Mark McMorris are sure to throw some fun into each run they take. You’ll even notice that the judges will be wearing some funky stuff, making it easy to see that even though the X Games athletes possess great talent, it’s all about having a good time and not taking anything too seriously.