After a 2020 of turbulence and untold twists with the coronavirus pandemic, the X Games were canceled. While the winter games had already taken place in January, the Summer version was out of the question with the virus outbreak at its peak. The hope, however, is to be reunited once again on Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, for one of the thrills of the winter, as the best of the best go up against each other in competition, adrenaline, and fun.
The 2021 Winter X Games are set for January 29-31, with no spectators allowed to get close, but with everything going live on ABC, ESPN, and social media platforms for the games. With more of a media and online presence than usual, fans will be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes and extra content such as videos, interactions, and even a virtual presence through avatars, plus prizes to be won.
The high octane action of the X Games has always been a welcomed distraction for families, fans, and pundits, who are there for fun, the thrill, and the action to be had by putting some skin in. 2021 may be peculiar in how the games will hold, but it changes nothing in terms of what is on the line, and for those with plans to cash in on the exciting events on offer, keeping an eye out on the Indiana sportsbooks, will be well worth the while.
The 2021 Winter X Games will be number 24 since the Winter X Games started in 1997. This year’s competition is expected to be fierce because Shaun White is still the most decorated man in the sport, but barely, with Canadian Mark McMorris breathing down his neck. White’s haul of 23 medals (15 gold) is still the most by any to ever do it on Buttermilk Mountain, but McMorris, eight years his junior, is in seventeen medals (8 gold). Now 34 years old, there is really nothing much left for White to accomplish except break new grounds in terms of perfection. The man himself says he feels he is only now understanding what he is truly capable of, the kind of mindset that is sure to make opponents break a sweat. The battle between McMorris and White is definitely one to look out for. Another exciting name out there will be teen sensation, Chloe Kim. After taking out most of 2020 to focus on her studies after making Princeton as a freshman, fans will be eager to see her return to her board and sky them away with that double Cork 1080 she has been teasing in training.
With 14 events and more than just White, McMorris, and Kim on show, there is really much to look forward to and love about the 2021 Winter X Games, especially after missing out on the summer games.