EDITOR’S NOTE: With this multi-week series — the Front Row Forward/Rewind, 2016/2015 — ESPN’s Communications Department takes the pulse of executives throughout ESPN for their views on what’s ahead across ESPN for 2016 and some of what transpired in 2015. The snapshots provide a look at where ESPN has been, where it’s going and how it plans on getting there.
Vice President, X Games, Tim Reed
What was the best example of your division’s teamwork in 2015?
The best example of teamwork in 2015 for the X Games team was our ability to handle the challenging weather in Austin. Record rain and oppressive heat plagued the overall construction, but the production teams endured through the difficult conditions and successfully executed the event culminating with progressive competitions and a legendary show played by Metallica. The dedication and teamwork displayed by all of those who worked on the project was amazing.
What was the most “social” moment of 2015?
The most social moment of each X Games event of 2015 was Chloe Kim’s Snowboard SuperPipe gold medal at X Games Aspen and Colton Satterfield’s progressive BMX Big Air performance at X Games Austin. Chloe became the youngest female gold medalist in X Games winter event history and Colton Satterfield landed the first-ever Double Flair on the Big Air ramp. Both moments highlight the young and progressive environment that the X Games event repeatedly create.
What excites you most about 2016?
We are excited to add X Games Oslo [Feb. 24-28] to our event calendar for 2016, in addition to X Games Aspen [Jan. 28-31] and Austin. Oslo will be the first X Games event in Norway and will allow us to highlight some of the biggest action sports stars in their home country. In addition to Oslo, we are looking forward to continuing to build on the World of X Games platform including five Real Series events. The content we create from the events and our World of X Games shows will create a year round plan for fans to enjoy across all of our X Games platforms.