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ESPN’s Winter X Games turns 15 this week in Aspen, and like any stubborn and rebellious teenager, the event doesn’t like to delve too deeply into bummer topics like global climate change. But the pro snow riders set to compete on Thursday seem to realize their livelihood is directly linked to the planet staying cold and snowy enough for them to engage in the nation’s preeminent winter action sports festival.
A game a lot of the jaded journalists covering the Olympic Winter Games like to engage in is coining the most derogatory nickname describing the shortcomings of the host city or venue. In Italy in 2006, for example, the purpose-built (by Fiat) and frankly quite hideous ski town of Sestriere became “Sewerstriere” or “Disastriere.”