X Games

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The X Games are an annual multi-sport event with a focus on extreme sports. The X Games are aired on ESPN (with occasional supplemental coverage on ABC), and are broken into seasons: the Winter X Games, held in January or February, and the Summer X Games, usually held in August. The Games are held in a different city every few years, and the events are subject to change from year to year.

Competitors perform in many different categories and styles, vying to win bronze, silver, and gold medals. The competition has helped to make extreme sports more popular. In addition, because of the prestige of the games and the fame of the competitors, the X Games are often the showcase for broken records and never-before-seen tricks (for example, the "900" in skateboarding, and the "body varial" in MotoX).

The X Games also showcase bands at live venues, creating a festival-like atmosphere.


Summer Games

  • BMX
    • Stunt Vert
    • Stunt Park (originally known as "Stunt Street")
    • Stunt Dirt
    • Stunt Flatland (no longer held)
  • Aggressive In-Line Skate
    • Vert
    • Downhill (no longer held)
      • Men's
      • Women's
    • Street (no longer held)
      • Men's
      • Women's
    • Vert Triples (no longer held)
  • MotoX
  • Skateboard
    • Big Air
    • Street
    • Vert
      • Men's
      • Women's
      • Best Trick
    • Vert Doubles (no longer held)

Winter Games

  • Skiing
    • Skier X
      • Men's
      • Women's
    • Slopestyle
    • SuperPipe
  • MotoX
    • Best Trick
    • Big Air
  • Snowboarding
    • Big Air (no longer held)
    • Slopestyle
      • Men's
      • Women's
    • Snowboarder X
      • Men's
      • Women's
    • SuperPipe
      • Men's
      • Women's
  • Snowmobile
    • HillCross
    • SnoCross
    • Junior SnoCross
    • UltraCross


The X Games were called the Extreme Games when they began, in 1995. The first Winter X Games were held in 1997.

Summer 2004 marked the introduction of "Skateboarding Big Air." This event requires competitors to drop into a ramp resembling that used in a ski jump.

The X Games have spawned several videogames on different platforms.

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