The X Games is making Oslo, Norway, the winter sport capital of the world, come February.
The event will feature snowboard, ski and skateboard competitions. For the first time in history, both summer and winter sports will be contested in the same city at an X Games event.
The Skateboard Street competitions will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Skur 13 warehouse at Filipstad Harbor (the first time an international-level skateboarding competition will be held in Norway), and the street course will be built as a permanent structure left open to the public following the games.
Snowboard SuperPipe competitions will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Oslo Winter Park. And Snowboard and Ski Big Air will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Toyen.
Additionally, the event will host a to-be-announced headline musical performance on Saturday night at the Toyen venue as well as local musicians throughout the weekend.
The event concludes on Sunday, Feb. 28, with the Ski SuperPipe competitions at Oslo Winter Park.
TV2 has signed on as the media partner for X Games in Norway.
“We really appreciate the enthusiasm and engagement from the athletes,” said Jan Ove Årsaether, TV2 director of news and sports. “We are going to create a sports celebration in Oslo in order to draw young people to both the arenas and the TV screen.”
Twenty-two invited athletes have been announced, including: Norwegian X Games medalists Staale Sandbech, Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen and Kjersti Buaas, as well as Olympic and X Games gold medalist Kelly Clark, who won the 2012 World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo.
Clark said in a release, “I am looking forward to X Games Oslo this year. They hosted a great event for World Championships in 2012, so it will be fun to compete in that pipe again.”
The full list of the first-wave of invited athletes can be found on the X Games website. The second wave of athlete invites will be announced on Dec. 1.
Tickets for X Games Oslo 2016 will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 1.
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