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Austin to host Summer X Games; Aspen bidding to keep Winter spot

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
ASPEN, CO - January 26: From left, Joe Parsons and Willie Elam go off the first jump in the bronze medal match of Snowmobile Speed & Style final at Winter X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk Mountain on Jan. 26, 2013, in Aspen, Colorado. The pair finally raced after two false starts for tangling in the first turn. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post)

Austin, Texas, beat out Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte, N.C., in a heated competition to host the Summer X Games in May. ESPN, which owns and operates the X Games, picked Austin on Wednesday, announcing a four-year partnership with the city’s 1,500-acre Circuit of The Americas (COTA) sports and entertainment complex starting May 15-18, 2014.

Scott Guglielmino, ESPN’s senior vice president of programming and the X Games, said in a news release that Austin’s vibrant music scene and massive COTA complex provide the network an opportunity “to grow the X Games in a new region of the country and in a city that has a proven track record of embracing big events.”

Read more: Austin to host Summer X Games; Aspen bidding to keep Winter spot – The Denver Post

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