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Women of the 2005 Winter X Games

The 2005 Winter X Games will take place in Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado in the United States in January and February of 2005. Here are some of the top female winter extreme sports athletes who have been invited by ESPN to participate in the 2005 Winter X Games. All of them are driving forces who are helping to redefine women's sports. ESPN has 84 women competitor slots to fill at this year's Winter X Games. Here is a list of 10 remarkable women who will be competing at the 2005 Winter X Games who have, in one way or another, made their names known at past Winter X Games.

Aleisha Cline
Skier from Whistler, BC, Canada
After six Winter X Games appearances, Cline has stood four times on the podium with Gold. From 2001-2003, Cline reigned as the Skier X champion. Taking second behind Karin Huttary last year, Cline added her first Silver to her medal collection. She returns this year for Skier X in an attempt to reclaim Gold.
Aleisha Cline

Hannah Teter
Snowboarder from Belmont, Vermont USA
Hannah Teter For the 2004 Snowboard SuperPipe competition, Hannah Teter reigned as the Winter X Games champion. At the age of 16, Teter stood on the podium at eight out of 11 halfpipe competitions in her 2002/2003 season (including her 2003 Winter X Games SuperPipe Bronze). Teter will take on Winter X Games Nine in Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle.

Janna Meyen
Snowboarder from Bend, Oregon USA
Meyen's fifth Winter X Games appearance proved to be a success with her second consecutive Gold in the Snowboard Slopestyle competition at Winter X Games Eight. She also holds a silver medal from Winter X Games Six in Slopestyle. Ready to reclaim Gold, Meyen will return to Aspen for the Snowboard Slopestyle competition.
Janna Meyen

Karin Huttary
Karin Huttary Skier from Innsbruck, Austria
After winning the silver at Winter X Games Seven (2003), Huttary defeated the three-time reigning champion Aleisha Cline in 2004 in Skier X. Huttary finished in the top five in all competitions she raced in worldwide last season. Huttary will defend her title this year in Skier X.

Lindsey Jacobellis
Snowboarder from Stratton, Vermont USA
Competing in all three disciplines of Snowboarding for Winter X Games in 2004, Jacobellis took home Gold two consecutive years in Snowboarder X. With four Winter X Games appearances total, Jacobellis has medaled every year but one. This year, Jacobellis will compete in two disciplines: Snowboard SuperPipe and Snowboarder X.
Lindsey Jacobellis

Elena Hight
Snowboarder from South Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA
Making her first appearance at Winter X Games Eight, Elena Hight finished in sixth place in Snowboard SuperPipe. At 14 years-old, Hight has the distinction of being the youngest snowboarder to land a 900 in halfpipe competition. Hight will return to Aspen for Winter X Games Nine to compete in Snowboard SuperPipe.

Gretchen Bleiler
Snowboarder from Snowmass Village, Colorado USA
Aspen's hometown girl faced a huge disappointment at last year's Winter X Games. With eight consecutive halfpipe wins between January and March 2003 and voted Transworld Snowboarding Magazine's 2003 Rider of the Year, Bleiler injured her knee at a contest just weeks before Winter X Games. This year she is back for Snowboard SuperPipe in Aspen.

Kelly Clark
Snowboarder from Mount Snow, Vermont USA
With a second and sixth place finish in 2004 at the Winter X Games in SuperPipe and Slopestyle, respectively, Clark's defining year in her career came in 2002 where she swept the Winter Olympics, Winter X Games and the U.S. Open in SuperPipe. Clark will compete in both the Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle competitions at Winter X Games Nine.

Sarah Burke
Skier from Midland, Ontario, Canada
Some have called her the best skier in the world, and after winning four of five contests she entered in 2003, nothing can stop Burke. At the end of her 2003 season, she took the summer off to have knee surgery, but returned to the SuperPipe for Winter X Games Eight where Women's Ski SuperPipe debuted as a demonstration event. Burke will return to Aspen, but this year she will become a competitor in Women's Ski SuperPipe as it joins Winter X Games Nine as a medaled event.

Tara Dakides
Snowboarder from Mammoth Lakes, California USA
With seven Winter X Games medals (five of which are gold), Dakides left 2002 with Gold in Slopestyle. After a string of knee injuries in 2003, she had to sit out Winter X Games only to return with a vengeance in 2004. Another medal was added to her count last year as Dakides finished second in Slopestyle at Winter X Games Eight. For Winter X Games Nine, Dakides will again compete in the Snowboard Slopestyle competition.

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