X Games Aspen 2022, presented by ESPN, is hosting a Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding dual slalom competition again in 2022.
Teams will be comprised of one professional action sports athlete, including X Games and Olympic medalists, and one Special Olympics action sports athlete for a total of ten, two-person teams in snowboarding and in skiing.
Each of the team members will take one run on each of the two competition courses, with the professional athletes racing against one another and the Special Olympics athletes racing one another. The combined best times of each team will determine the results.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. ESPN is the Global Broadcast Partner of Special Olympics and the Global presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports.
Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete and Neillsville native Daina Shilts, a four-time X Games medalist, returns to Buttermilk to defend her 2020 gold in the Unified Snowboarding Slalom. Daina was part of the Special Olympics USA Games 2018 TV talent team for ESPN, as the first female with an intellectual disability to serve as an analyst. She medaled six times in Unified Snowboarding at X Games Aspen (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020).
Daina is partnered with Mons Røisland (Høvik, Norway). Mons won back-to-back Snowboard Slopestyle silver in 2020 and 2021 and added Big Air bronze in 2021.
WHERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR X GAMES ASPEN?
HOW CAN I WATCH X GAMES ASPEN?
The event will be streamed live on @XGames TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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Highlights from the first annual Special Olympics Unified Snowboard race at X Games Aspen 2015 can be seen here: espn.go.com/specialolympics.
For more information, visit XGames.com.
(Event photo courtesy Ben Solomon)