Editor’s note: A wide offering of X Games Aspen 2013 content will be simultaneously distributed across multiple broadcast and digital platforms today through Sunday live from Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. X Games content will be available via television, smartphones, tablets and online through digital and social network platforms.
Starting today, in her adopted hometown of Aspen, Colo., Australia-native Ramona Bruland will make her debut as the new host of the X Games.
Aspen is just the first stop in ESPN’s much-anticipated global expansion, which includes events in Tignes, France; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil and concluding in Los Angeles, Calif. in August.
Bruland spoke to Front Row on the eve of her official debut as host.
What are the best and hardest parts of your new job?
The best part is pretty obvious, I mean I’m the new host of X Games. . . It doesn’t get much better than that. I’m super excited to be on board with the ESPN family and ready for whatever is thrown at me. The hardest part is probably my schedule, which looks pretty insane for the next few days. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with that.
I think another hard part will be all the chatter on social media, which I’m not used to. When you get thrown into the spotlight, there are a lot of people that have a lot to say. So that’s something I’ve never had to deal with before. So we’ll see how that’ll go, but it’s going to be a fun weekend that’s for sure.
What has impressed you most about how this event has come together?
The way they pull it off year after year, and it always looks so good. To watch these elite action sports athletes pull off these death-defying tricks is nerve wracking as a spectator. I can’t imagine actually ever doing it myself. Just being able to bring those athletes to an international audience and create that platform for the world to get excited about is a pretty amazing thing to be a part of.