2012 Winter X Games on TSN & TSN2

The 2012 Winter X Games take place this weekend in Aspen, Colorado. The Winter X Games bring together the best snowboarders, freestyle skiers and snowmobilers from around the world. Most of the snowboarding and freestyle skiing disciplines are part of the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well, so X Games is a great chance for Canadians to familiarize themselves with some of Canada’s 2014 medal hopefuls.

TSN and TSN2 will show exclusive coverage of the Winter X Games in Canada. TSN2 will show 12 hours of live coverage on the weekend. TSN will broadcast Thursday and Friday coverage on delay at 11pm ET.

Thursday’s broadcast will feature a tribute to the late Sarah Burke. Sarah was a Canadian freestyle skier who was a four-time X Games gold medallist in halfpipe, as well as a World Champion. She died due to a brain injury suffered earlier this month while training in Utah.

Here is TSN’s complete broadcast schedule.

Friday January 27 from 11:00pm until 1:00am on TSN (TD)
Snowmobile: Freestyle Final
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Slopestyle Final

Friday January 27 from 11:00pm until 1:00am on TSN (TD)
Snowboard: Men’s Big Air Final
Snowboard: Women’s Halfpipe Final

Saturday January 28 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on TSN2
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Halfpipe Final

Saturday January 28 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on ABC
Snowboard: Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Cross

Saturday January 28 from 9:00pm until 11:00pm on TSN2
Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle Final
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Big Air Final

Sunday January 29 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm on TSN2
Freestyle Ski: Men’s & Women’s Skier Cross
Snowboard: Women’s Slopestyle Final
Snowboard: Men’s Halfpipe Qualifying
Snowboard: Street Final

Sunday January 29 from 9:00pm until 11:00pm on TSN2
Snowmobile: Best Trick Final
Snowboard: Men’s Halfpipe Final

Here is a list of ESPN’s commentators:

Sal Masekela (Host & play-by-play)
Chris Burandt (Snowmobile analyst)
Zach Crist (Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross analyst)
Keir Dillon (Snowboard analyst)
Mike Douglas (Freestyle Ski analyst)
Chris Ernst (Freestyle Ski play-by-play)
Todd Harris (Skier Cross and Snowboard Cross play-by-play)
Tes Sewell (Snowmobile play-by-play)
Tina Dixon (Reporter)
Jenn Brown (Reporter)

Continue after the break for a list of Canadian athletes to watch in snowboarding and skiing.

Here is a list of Canadians who have strong medal chances. First off, snowboarding.

  • Sebastien Toutant (Slopestyle & Big Air) is the defending gold medallist  in slopestyle and the defending silver medallist in big air at X Games.
  • Mark McMorris (Slopestyle & Big Air) won the silver medal in slopestyle at the 2011 Winter X Games. He won the big event at the prestigious O’Neil Evolution slopestyle event in Switzerland earlier this month.
  • Spencer O’Brien (Slopestyle) won the women’s slopestyle event at the 2012 O’Neil Evolution. She was also the slopestyle winner of the Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado in December.
  • Christopher Robanske (Snowboard Cross) is a newcomer to the snowboard cross scene. However, he did manage a silver medal at the World Cup event in Telluride, Colorado in December.
  • Kevin Hill (Snowboard Cross) is another young snowboard cross rider to watch for between now and Sochi. He finished second at Winter X Games last year.
  • Maelle Ricker (Snowboard Cross) is the 1999 and 2006 X Games snowboard cross champion.  She was also the Olympic gold medallist in Vancouver 2010.
  • Dominique Maltais (Snowboard Cross) won the broze medal at last year’s FIS World Snowboard Championships. She also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics.

And now moving on to skiing.

  • Kaya Turski (Slopestyle) is the two-time defending X Games champion in slopestyle. She has also won four Dew Tour events, the 2011 AFP World Championships in Whistler and was a silver medallist at the 2011 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships.
  • Justin Dorey (Halfpipe) has finished on the podium in just about every major halfpipe competition, except the X Games. He finished second at the Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge in December (to go along with 2 other career Dew Tour podiums), he won the AFP World Championships in Whistler last spring and he won a silver medal at the FIS World Championships in 2009.
  • Mike Riddle (Halfpipe) is the 2011 FIS World Champion in halfpipe. He has also won on the Dew Tour and the FIS World Cup; however, he has never finished on the podium at X Games.
  • Roz Groenewoud (Halfpipe) has won X Games bronze in back-to-back years. She recently won this year’s North Face Open in Whistler, as well as a US Grand Prix event in Copper Mountain in December. She is also the 2011 FIS World Champion.
  • Keltie Hansen (Halfpipe) is only 19 years old. She won the halfpipe at the AFP World Championships in Whistler last spring.
  • Chris Del Bosco (Skier Cross) won silver at X Games and gold at the FIS World Championships in 2011. He is also the 2010 X Games champion. He is best known to many Canadians as the fourth place finisher at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, where he pushed to finish 1st, instead of 3rd, ultimately falling near the finish line.
  • Brady Leman (Skier Cross) recently finished second on the FIS World Cup in St. Johann, Austria. He won the bronze medal at the 2010 X Games.

One thought on “2012 Winter X Games on TSN & TSN2

  1. Thanks for this. Its been awhile since I’ve watched the X-Games.

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