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.
In order to have the downhill and slalom events of the combined races at the same venue on the same day, international race officials have asked the Salt Lake organizers to move the slalom event from Deer Valley to Snowbasin.
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.