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Top snowboarders, skiers invited to X Games in Aspen
ESPN has announced the first wave of invited athletes for X Games Aspen 2013, scheduled Jan. 24-27 at Buttermilk Mountain at Aspen/Snowmass.
The list of invited athletes will be updated as the competition nears.
This will be the 11th consecutive year the X Games will be held at Buttermilk. The event draws many of the world's top skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers and entry is free to spectators.
The list of athletes invited to compete includes Bobby Brown, the first skier to win two gold medals in the same X Games in 2010, and Kelly Clark, the first female snowboarder to land a 1080 in competition and the first female to repeat gold in Snowboard SuperPipe.
The list also includes Tucker Hibbert, the most decorated SnoCross racer in X Games history, who will be going for the first-ever six-peat at an X Games winter event; Mark McMorris, the first snowboarder to land the triple cork in competition and the gold medalist in Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air at X Games Aspen 2012; and Shaun White, the first snowboarder to five-peat in SuperPipe.