Ben Ferguson rides to a silver medal in halfpipe in the 2016 X Games Aspen. (Getty Images-Daniel Petty)
X Games announced their first wave of invitees to the 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. 14 Americans were included in the list.
The U.S. team is full of previous X Games medalists, including Chloe Kim (Torrance, CA) and Kelly Clark (La Palma, CA) who took gold and silver last season in the Aspen SuperPipe. Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Hailey Langland (San Clemente, CA) both had breakout years last year, winning their first X Games medals in Aspen, while Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) accumulated more medals, reaching the double digits.
Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Ben Ferguson (Bend, OR) look to duplicate last year’s results when they went one-two, while Red Gerard makes his first appearances at the event.
Look for the list to get larger in the months leading up to 2017 Winter X Games.
INVITED ATHLETES Men Brandon Davis – slopestyle Danny Davis – SuperPipe Ben Ferguson – SuperPipe Red Gerard – slopestyle Taylor Gold – SuperPipe Matt Ladley – SuperPipe Kyle Mack – big air, slopestyle Shaun White – SuperPipe
Women Jamie Anderson – big air, slopestyle Kelly Clark – SuperPipe Arielle Gold – SuperPipe Chloe Kim – SuperPipe Hailey Langland – slopestyle Maddie Mastro – SuperPipe