ESPN X Games 2016 Real Series lineup, schedule announced
After a successful 2015 campaign, X Games will host five new Real Series competitions in 2016 as part of the expanded content offerings provided by World of X Games on ABC. HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches, has signed as the presenting sponsor for the series. For the first time, the 2016 Real Series event lineup will include Real BMX. Additionally, the Real Ski competition will shift focus this year from backcountry riding to skiing in urban environments.
Each Real Series competition will culminate in a one-hour World of X Games show that will premiere on ABC and feature behind-the-scenes athlete interviews and selection of the medalists. Like past Real Series competitions, each athlete will have the opportunity to team with an editor on the production of a video part that will present each rider in their own unique style. Each Real Series event's videos will premiere on XGames.com where fans can watch and vote for their favorite.
The Real Series Presented by HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches schedule for 2016 is detailed below:
• Real Ski - February 20, 2016
• Real Snow - March 12, 2016
• Real Street - May 2016
• Real Moto - August 2016
• Real BMX - September 2016
The 2016 series will begin with Real Ski, airing February 20 on ABC. Each Real Ski video part will debut on XGames.com/RealSki to be judged by a panel of industry experts. A first place cash prize will be awarded to the winner, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three athletes and their filmers. Fans will also have a chance to view and vote on their favorite video in a tournament-style bracket with the Fan Favorite winning an additional cash prize.
The six Real Ski athletes invited to compete are: Ahmet Dadali, Cam Riley, JF Houle, Tom Wallisch, Will Wesson and Clayton Vila.
The Real Snow competition will follow, with never-before-seen edits from Anto Chamberland, Zak Hale, Frank Bourgeois, Dylan Thompson, Cole Navin and Jake Welch.
"Being involved in X Games has always been my childhood dream, and it is incredible that I can now fulfill that dream without even setting foot in a traditional halfpipe or slopestyle course," said Real Ski athlete Clayton Vila. "Filming video parts has always been such a driving force in the progression of skiing, but often the people who solely make video parts get overlooked. This event brings a whole new level of legitimacy to our sport, and is an amazing opportunity to show the world how far street skiing has progressed. I am beyond excited to showcase my Real Ski part, and to see what the other amazing athletes have put together."