Winter X Games 12 purse surpasses $1 million mark |

Winter X Games 12 purse surpasses $1 million mark

More than 250 athletes from around the globe in the sports of skiing, snowboard and snowmobile will be competing at Winter X Games 12 for $1 million in prize money, the first purse in X Games history to surpass the $1 million mark.

Medalists will see the largest increase, with first-place finishers receiving 50 percent more than last year. With the overall purse for Winter X Games 12 increased by 38 percent from last year, the total prize purse for all X Games events to be held in 2008 exceeds $3 million.

This year, X Games events will be held in Aspen, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Dubai and two other international markets which will be announced soon.

“ESPN is committed to ensuring that the best action sports athletes in the world compete on action sports’ grandest stage – the X Games,” said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president and managing director of the X Games franchise. “As the X Games continues its global expansion, we look forward to working with the athletes to bring the best in action sports to all parts of the globe, as well as to discovering new and upcoming athletes.”

Shaun Palmer of South Lake Tahoe will be competing in the boardercross competition, the oldest snowboarder to compete in the history of Winter X Games at the age of 39.

“This year will be my 10th X Games, and it gets better every year,” said the six-time Winter X Games gold medalist. “It’s good to see the prize money in action sports match the caliber of talent.”

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