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Who’s got my X Games? January 27, 2006

So we actually did some real reporting this week. By real reporting, we mean that we emailed some real reporters, and one of them, for reasons still unbeknownst to us, actually wrote us back.

Did we find any thing good out? Hell yeah we did, dog! We got a list of all the riders invited to Winter X, except it includes recent scratches and additions and is much more up to date than what’s out there on EXPN.com. Based on this info, here is what you should expect when the games get underway this weekend:

Travis Rice

  • In the men’s slopestyle, there are plenty of extra dank riders who spend their days freeriding and not pipe jocking or training for their next contest. Most notably, Travis Rice is probably the most talented rider on the planet but you won’t see him in many competitions this year. Also watch out for Mark Frank Montoya to blow it up urban Latino style, David Carrier-Porcheron will bring the back country steez, and Chad Otterstrom, the hardest working man in snowboarding, will represent for sure. Of course, there’s always the Flying Tomatio, aka Shaun White, but rooting for this guy is like rooting for the Yankees.
  • Hometown hero Gretchen Bleiler will be defending her X-games title against a solid women’s field including Hannah Teter, Frenchie Doriane Vidal, and Torah Bright, the young Aussie. Our money is on Teter, we think all the press is getting to Gretchen’s head.
  • In the men’s halfpipe, 2002 Olympic champion Ross Powers as well as JJ Thomas, the bronze medalist, have something to prove after missing the cut for Torino last week. Lookout also for Danny Davis, the young upstart who was bumped out of a spot by Andy Finch at the last minute. All of these dudes will want to prove they are better than the 2006 Olympians — White, Finch, Danny Kass, and Mason Aguirre.
  • There’s also some strong international talent in the men’s pipe: Last year’s Winter X games champ Antti Autti will compete and so will Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo.
  • Andy Finch, or the Bulldog as the pro hos are calling him, has us convinced that his slow-roasted, double-overhead, corked 720s look way better than the requisite back-to-back 1080s that the rest field is throwing down. The back-to-back 1080 thing was exciting when it made its debut last year, but it’s kind of wearing off. Finch will hopefully convince the judges it’s all about the amplitude, and knock off Shaun White again in the process.
  • TARA FUCKING DAKIDES is a last minute entry to the women’s slopestyle. She has kind of fallen off the map recently after sustaining numerous injuries, including a head injury she incurred falling 25 ft feet, head first onto 53rd St during an appearance on the Letterman show during 2004. Will this year mark her return to dominance on the circuit, or a fade into snowboard oblivion?
  • Make sure you remember to do the drinking game.


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