China is getting ready to host the KIA X Games Asia, which will be held April 28 – May 1, 2012 from the KIC Jiang Wan Sports Center in Shanghai’s Yangpu district. This will be the sixth consecutive year that China hosts the X Games Asia. The event, in its 14th edition, will feature more than 150 athletes from more than 30 countries competing in skateboarding, BMX, aggressive in-line skating and motocross big air. This year’s games will be broadcast live on ESPN STAR Sports’ networks across Asia and Shanghai Media Group’s Great Sports. Additionally, the X Games Asia will be telecast on ESPN International networks in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa.
“ESPN is delighted to return to Shanghai again to showcase the world-class talent of X Games Asia athletes,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and Global X Games. “We look forward to building upon the success of last year’s event; delivering exciting and compelling competitions, while continuing our mission to serve action sports fans all over the world.”
Get all the details on what to expect from this year’s KIA X Games Asia below:
Headlining Asia’s biggest action sports competition will be seven-time X Games Skateboard gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon – attempting a three-peat in the discipline of Mini-MegaRamp – along with eight-time gold medalist Andy Macdonald. Leading a world-class BMX field are four-time X Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson, three-time gold medalist Chad Kagy, four-time gold medalist Garrett Reynolds, six-time medalist Steven McCann, four-time medalist Dennis Enarson and two-time X Games Asia gold medalist Vince Byron. Additionally, Japan's high-flying Takeshi Yasutoko will attempt to win an unprecedented sixth-consecutive gold medal in Aggressive In-line Vert.
Last year’s event saw attendance records set yet again for a fifth consecutive year with 62,100 spectators over the course of four days of competition. Since moving to Shanghai in 2007, the X Games Asia event has attracted more than 261,700 visitors and is expected to draw another large crowd this year.