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|Pierre-Luc Gagnon in the Skateboard Finals at the Kia X Games 2010|
KIA X Games Asia 2011 will return to Shanghai, China, for the fifth consecutive year, from April 29 to May 2, and will again showcase mini-MegaRamp" disciplines after a successful, crowd-pleasing debut last year.
Several of the top and most decorated athletes in X Games history are scheduled to compete at the 13th annual event, including seven-time Skateboard gold medalists Bob Burnquist and Pierre-Luc Gagnon, eight-time gold medalist Andy Macdonald and two-time X Games Big Air gold medalist Jake Brown. Headlining a strong BMX field are three-time X Games gold medalist Chad Kagy, X Games Asia BMX Street defending gold medalist Dennis Enarson along with Mini-MegaRamp" defending champ Vince Byron.
Additionally, Asia's premier action sports event will feature nearly 200 athletes from more than 30 countries, treating fans to world-class competition in the sports of Skateboard, BMX, Aggressive In-Line Skate and Moto X Big Air demonstrations. This year's competitors can look forward to a newly designed street course and an increase in prize money as well.
This year's event will be broadcast live on ESPN STAR Sports' networks across Asia as well as SMG's Great Sports from Shanghai's KIC Jiangwan Sports Center. Details, including U.S. telecasts and a list of scheduled athletes, will be forthcoming.
"ESPN is thrilled to have X Games Asia back in Shanghai for a fifth consecutive year," said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and Global X Games. "As the X Games continues to grow, we look forward to bringing outstanding athletes and competition to the region and continuing our commitment to present world-class action sports competitions around the globe."
After setting attendance records for a fourth consecutive year with 58,400 spectators over the course of four days last year, KIA X Games Asia looks to build on its success and continue developing a strong reputation in the region. Since moving to Shanghai in 2007, the annual event has attracted more than 199,600 visitors and is expected to draw another large crowd this year.
Details and a list of scheduled athletes for KIA X Games Asia 2011 will be forthcoming on www.kiaxgamesasia.com for the public and www.espneventmedia.com for media.