Get out your twin-tips and temporary tattoos: The X Games are hitting Aspen, Colorado again, January 22-25, 2009. This year, skip the snowmobiles for the demolition derby of Skier X (a.k.a. skiercross) – four to six skiers simultaneously careening down a motocross-like course of rollers, bumps, banks, and ridges.
The International Olympic Committee recently announced that the sport will be included in the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, B.C.
Three cross-country skiers, including multi-medalists Larissa Lazutina of Russia and Johann Muehlegg of Spain, were thrown out of the Winter Games and each stripped of a gold medal for using a drug designed to help kidney patients avoid anemia.