Alaskan snowmachine riders Cory Davis and Paul Thacker are among the athletes invited to participate in X Games Aspen 2017, which will be held Jan. 26-29 at Buttermilk Mountain in Colorado.
Davis, of Soldotna, will participate in freestyle and Thacker will compete in adaptive snowcross event. The list of invited athletes was released Nov. 15. Davis, 28, is a six-time X Games medalist with three silver and three bronze medals on his resume. He finished just outside the medals in the 2016 freestyle event, finishing fourth behind Joe Parsons, Heath Frisby and Brett Turcotte.
Anchorage’s Thacker will be looking to improve on his silver-medal run in last year’s adaptive snowcross race. A former world-record holder for longest snowmachine jump, Thacker suffered a spinal injury in 2010 that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His silver medal in the 2016 event was his first since making his X Games debut in 2008. Thacker wasted little time sharing his excitement about the upcoming games.