They are the eXtreme Games—X Games for short. The big show. Lots of pressure, lots of press, lots on the line. The action is already under way. We’ve got a couple staffers on the way to the epicenter of extremeness, so stay tuned for coverage as it happens. In the meantime, scope this gallery of last year’s highlights and see what’s on the minds of a couple of heavy-hitting X Games competitors as they head into the heat of competition. Join us in wishing all the riders good luck in Aspen over the next few days.

What are they thinking? Here is what a couple shreds said:

Scotty Lago: Superpipe & slopestyle

"Damn! There are so many pro-hos at X, I hope I stomp, so I can really pull some chicks."

Andreas Wiig: Slopestyle

"Trying to do my best and have a good time. Get ready for a couple of days of hard landings and doing stuff non-stop …"

Kelly Clark: Superpipe

"I'm excited for X Games, the pipe is 22-feet this year, which will be a fun change."


Stay tuned for complete X Games 13 Coverage. Here’s a gallery from last year’s X Games: X Games 12.