Winter X Games turns 16
A field of more than 200 of the world's top freestyle skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers will compete in 19 events, including big air, slopestyle and superpipe skiing and snowboarding, and freestyle snowmobiling.
Three snowmobiling events have been eliminated from this year's games, most prominently snocross -- the Games' first motorized event that debuted in 1998 -- along with adaptive snocross and speed & style.
Additionally, the slopestyle disciplines move to nighttime under the lights.
Among the familiar faces expected to compete for hardware and prize money are seven-time snowboard cross gold medalist
Sadly, one longtime competitor who will be missing from the proceedings is Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died on Jan. 19, nine days after a crash during a practice run on a Park City, Utah, superpipe that left her critically injured. She owned a piece of X Games history as the first female rider to land a 720, 900 and 1080 in competition and is a winner of four superpipe golds, including 2011.
The past several years, the 29-year-old successfully lobbied to have the superpipe event added to the