ESPN X GAMES ANNOUNCES THE FIRST WAVE OF INVITED ATHLETES TO WINTER X GAMES 10LOS ANGELES The 10th annual winter action sports competition will feature more than 230 athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: Moto X, Skiing, Snowboard and SnoCross. The premier winter action sports event includes day and evening competitions and is free to the public. All athletes receiving invitations to compete at Winter X Games are chosen by a sport-specific selection committee. Criteria and timing of invitations vary by sport and discipline. The only exception is each gold medalist from Winter X Games Nine (2005) receives an automatic invitation to compete. Information on each committee and its sport’s invitation process can be found on each X Games sport organizer website (links listed below). The second wave of invitations is scheduled to be announced in mid-December. The list of athletes is subject to change.Justin Dorey Simon Dumont Bethel, MaineTanner Hall Kalispell, Mont.Andreas Hatveit C.R. Johnson Truckee, Calif.Peter Olenick Carbondale, Colo.Jon Olsson Are, SwedenCandide Thovex La Clusaz, FranceCorey Vanular Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CanadaAndy Woods Georgia, Vt.SuperPipe Women’s, 10 total athletes Sarah Burke Midland, ON, CanadaGrete Eliassen Lillehammer, NorwayVirginie Faivre Montreaux Beach, Switzerland Kristi Leskinen Uniontown, Penn.Marie Martinod-Routin Aix les Bains, FranceSlopestyle, 20 total athletes Josh Bibby Whistler, BC, CanadaSimon Dumont Bethel, MaineLaurent Favre La Clusaz, France Pep Fujas Ashland, Oreg.Charles Gagnier Victoriaville, QC, CanadaTanner Hall Kalispell, Mont.Peter Olenick Carbondale, Colo.Jon Olsson Are, SwedenTJ Schiller Vernon, BC, CandaCandide Thovex La Clusaz, FranceCorey Vanular Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CanadaHenrik Windstedt Are, Sweden– ESPN X Games announces the first wave of athletes who have been invited to compete at Winter X Games 10, to be held for its fifth year in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado January 28-31, 2006. The event will air live on ESPN and ABC.SKIING (Global Event Management, Men’s, 16 total athletes