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X Games Team Takes On Monstrous Task Combining Extra Safety With Competition

The first X Games Aspen without spectators still came with plenty of challenges; here are a few of the ESPN employees who helped lead the way

ASPEN, Colo. – Action sports made a triumphant return this past weekend at Buttermilk Mountain with 17.5 hours of live content across three days of X Games Aspen competition on ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, @XGames socials and the ESPN App.

As the first action sports event to occur in North America since the pandemic put such large competitions on hold, congratulations go out to the team behind it. The team worked tirelessly to prepare for the event, the first in the Aspen edition’s 20-year history without spectators.

It’s impossible to spotlight everyone who put this together, but these are several employees who led the way:

Jeff Hermanek

Sharon Bauer

Danny Chi

Sheena Williams

Vanessa Anthes

On Buttermilk Mountain: ESPN Communications senior publicist Olivia Wilson (L) and associate director, Event Operations, Vanessa Anthes, observe social distancing and masking guidelines during X Games Aspen 2021. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
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