Are you ready for some X Games action? The world’s best are ready to invade Aspen

UPDATE: The X-Games start today, but not before Shaun White, Gretchen Blieler, Jen Hudak and other competitors paid tribute to the late Sarah Burke, who will be honored with a candlelight vigil tonight.

Also: Read a Q&A with Shaun White and see what injury will keep Lindsey Jacobellis from another X Games gold in boardercross.

Jan. 25: Things are starting to pop up in Aspen as pre-competition training is in full swing. In addition, ESPN plans to honor the memory of Sarah Burke, the Canadian freeskiing superstar who tragically died last week after a training accident. Learn more.

Other things to check out:

  • ESPN’s very cool Sports Science crew takes a video look at how athletes use Torque to spin and flip on the slopes.
  • Check out this lineup of music playing in and around Aspen this weekend.

Jan. 24: It’s back. Winter X Games 2012 Aspen will bring the usual mix of outdoor adventure insanity to the Roaring Fork Valley and TV sets everywhere starting Thursday and running through Sun (Jan. 29).

There’s no doubt that the recent death of freeskier Sarah Burke, after a halfpipe training accident, will be on the minds of many of the competitors. But there’s also little doubt that skiers and boarders will be extending the known boundaries with tricks and air like we’ve never seen.

And all the stars should be there: Shaun White, Bobby Brown, Louie Vito, Torin Yater-Wallace, Scotty Lago, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler, Torah Bright and many more.

Watch on the ESPN networks: ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will feature 16 hours of live, HD programming from Winter X Games Aspen 2012. ESPN3 will stream more than nine hours and ESPN 3D will deliver 25 hours. Find more profiles, schedules and video online.

Check out this great Guide to Winter X from the Denver Post.

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