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European Winter X Games Kick off in Tignes

By Surfcat

The first event of 2011's European Winter X Games is due to start anytime now in the high altitude resort of Tignes, France.

The Winter X Games is the biggest event in freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and was originally just a US-based competition which attracted athletes worldwide. Tignes hosted the first European event last year. The resort has been buzzing with the build up and practice runs for a few days now, and the first main event kicks off at 1pm local time with the Women's Ski Slopestyle Final.

The Games finish on Friday and promise to be every bit as exciting as last year. The Slopestyle events see athletes completing a course of jumps and rails and trying to get creative in the air. The Superpipe is an enormous half pipe where again competitors' accuracy and imagination score points. The stunts are certainly breathtaking and spectacular. If you're in the area head over to Tignes - it's a chance to see some truly amazing world-class athletes in action, including Britain's Jenny Jones, who has won Gold twice before in the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle and got silver in the US X Games in Aspen in January.

For a taste of the action take a look at Shaun White's Gold medal winning run from this year's Superpipe event in Aspen.

For the full programme see the Tignes website

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