IT'S ALL OVER FOR TIGNES AND THE XGAMES
Locals, seasonaires and tourists wil no longer sit on Val Claret's sunny slopes and drink Dags while pro freestyle skiers and boarders flip over their heads, enjoying the annual spring competitions of the X Games in Tignes.
The International X Games events in Tignes, France and, also, in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil; Munich and Barcelona will not continue in 2014 according to an ESPN announcement on October 3rd:
"We are proud to have run world-class competitions for both the athletes and spectators; however the overall economics of these events do not provide a sustainable future path," ESPN said in a statement.
The network said domestic X Games events in Aspen, Colo., and Austin, Texas, will be held in 2014, as scheduled.
The X Games is the longest-running event in action sports, featuring competitions in snowboarding, freeskiing and snowmobiling in the winter and skateboarding, BMX, motocross and rally car racing in the summer. The event has featured some of the most historic feats in action sports history, including the first double backflip on a dirt bike, landed by Travis Pastrana in 2006.
ESPN announced the expansion to six sites in April 2012. With the expansion came new events, including Mountain Bike Slopestyle, Women's Skateboard Park and Gymkhana GRID. The global tour also included a new emphasis on music and culture, with film screenings and concert headliners such as 50 Cent, Awolnation and Major Lazer.
The international events in 2013 provided some milestone performances. In Tignes, Iouri Podladtchikov landed the first-ever YOLO Flip in Snowboard SuperPipe. In Foz do Iguacu, Jake Brown landed the first 720 ollie in Skateboard Big Air, and in Barcelona, Alana Smith surpassed Shaun White to become the youngest X Games medalist ever with her second-place finish in the debut of Women's Skateboard Park.
In 2014, the 19th year of X Games, competitions will be held in Aspen from Jan. 23-26 and Austin from May 15-18.