Tonight ESPN, CANAL + Events and Tignes Ski & Snowboard Resort announced the first wave of athletes invited to the Winter X Games Europe March 10-12, 2010. The event will be the first Winter X Games held outside the United States.

On hand for the announcement were six invited Winter X Games athletes including:

SuperPipe Men

Kevin Pearce (USA) Mason Aguire (USA) Louie Vito (USA) Danny Davies (USA) Mathieu Crépel (FRA) Scotty Lago (USA)

SuperPipe Women

Torah Bright (AUS) Gretchen Bleiler (USA) Ellery Hollingsworth (USA)

Slopestyle Men

Mikkel Bang (NOR) Chas Guldemond (USA) Torstein Horgmo (NOR) Andreas Wiig (NOR) Arthur Longo (FRA) Scotty Lago (USA)

Slopestyle Women

Jenny Jones (GBR) Jamie Anderson (USA) Janna Meyen-Weatherby (USA) Cheryl Maas (NED) Sarka Pancochova (CZE)

The event will bring together ESPN's world class X Games franchise with France’s leading pay TV broadcaster in Canal+, the local expertise of Tignes and expert course design led by Chris Gunnarson and Snow Park Technologies. There will be eight different competitions over three days, including Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle for men and women as well as a Snowmobile demonstration. The first wave of athletes invited to France to compete for medals and prize money include:

PLEASE NOTE: The invited athlete list is constantly being updated and is subject to change.

CANAL + Networks (CANAL +, CANAL + SPORT, Sport +) will show the Winter X Games in France and French-speaking territories (Caribbean, French speaking Africa) live (or on-delay) so that those unable to come to Tignes will be able to see the event. ESPN will be responsible for all distribution outside of France.