X Games analyst Kevin Robinson. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
BARCELONA, Spain — Kevin Robinson, a 22-year veteran BMX rider, pulls double duty at the X Games. Since 2011, he’s also been an on-air analyst for ESPN.
Injuries have sidelined Robinson, 41, but he is keen on competing at X Games Munich and X Games Los Angeles later this summer. Robinson tells Front Row how he remains a top-flight rider while honing his craft as an analyst for X Games Barcelona, which air across ESPN platforms through tomorrow.
ESPN’s Tim Reed at X Games Barcelona 2013 (Tom Zuccareno/ESPN Images)
BARCELONA, Spain — “My first job,” said Senior Director of X Games Content Strategy Tim Reed, “was doing athlete registration back when we used to take Polaroids of each athlete to laminate on the credential.”
Both Reed and the X Games — the Barcelona leg kicks off today (Noon ET, ESPN) — have come a long way since 1997 when he began work with the company at X Games 3 in San Diego. Now Reed is helping to expand the ESPN franchise as more than just as a competition and into a true international festival. His team not only manages the sports and competition side, it handles the lifestyle elements including fashion, music and cultural elements at each of the six locations. continue reading…
The countdown is on for X Games Barcelona (May 16-19), but another action sport competition is already underway.
Complementing the X Games onsite competition is the Real Series, a group of featured videos on XGames.com, showcasing talented action sports athletes in their element. Not only can fans vote on their favorites, but X Games judges award medals for the video performances, as well. continue reading…
The inaugural X Games Foz Do Iguaçu concluded Sunday in Brazil.
Over the course of four days, ESPN transmitted nearly 30 hours of X Games content from the scenic venue adjacent to 200-foot waterfalls.
The videos above and below introduce you to some of the hundreds of people working primarily behind the scenes to bring ESPN’s action sports franchise to its new Brazilian location.
Jed Drake, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, Production, said of the telecasts from Foz: “This is a modern marvel. We’re kind of used to doing big, risky, cool, different things — otherwise known as the X Games – but this one is redefining it.
“It’s an incredible testament to the people who are working on it, because not only are we doing this now, but we’re doing it in the middle of a six-event, X Games schedule.”
Barcelona, Spain is home to the fourth leg of Global X, May 16-19. Munich, Germany hosts June 27-30, and Los Angeles welcomes X Games Aug. 1-4.
Aldo Rebelo is Brazil’s sports minister. A former congressman representing São Paulo, Rebelo now takes care of all matters related to sports in Brazil. He has been dedicated to managing Brazil’s preparations as host to FIFA World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games.
This weekend, Brazil is home to ESPN’s X Games Foz Do Iguacu, one of two international sporting events the nation welcomes in 2013; in June, FIFA’s Confederations Cup comes to six Brazilian cities. Rebelo tells Front Row why Brazil values X Games Foz Do Iguacu, which run through Sunday on ESPN. continue reading…
Two years ago, ESPN announced its plans to have six annual X Games events — including three in new international venues. When he first heard of the Global X concept, skateboard legend and X Games analyst Tony Hawk admitted he was taken aback.
“To do an event of that magnitude six times a year is huge,” he toldFront Row at the time. “It really says a lot about how much ESPN believes in our sports, and how well respected the athletes are.” continue reading…
Alfredo Lomeli on the set of Redes. (Rich Arden / ESPN Images)
Nota de la redacción:I Follow se trata de cualquier tema que tenga que ver con los empleados de ESPN en Twitter: lo que tuitean, a quién siguen y como pueden establecer una interacción social con una persona o con todo el mundo.
Hoy vamos a visitar a Alfredo Lomeli, uno de los comentaristas del nuevo programa de ESPN Deportes #Redes (8 p.m. ET [hora de Nueva York], de lunes a viernes.) Lomeli se unió a ESPN hace tres meses y también va a cubrir los X Games Foz do Iguaçu que empiezan este jueves (see full schedule [vea la programación completa]), para ambos ESPN Deportes y ESPN International. (Nota de la redacción: vea una columna de I Follow con #Redes co-host Carolina Guillén [Carolina Guillén, copresentadora de #Redes]).
Usuario de Twitter:@Alfredo_Lomeli Seguimiento: 296 Seguidores: 937
(*con fecha de 17/04/13)
Alfredo Lomeli on the set of Redes. (Rich Arden / ESPN Images)
Editor’s note:I Follow is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.
Today we visit with Alfredo Lomeli, one of the hosts of ESPN Deportes’ new show #Redes (8 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday). Lomeli, who joined ESPN three months ago, is also covering X Games Foz Do Iguaçu, which starts this Thursday (see full schedule), for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International. (Editor’s Note: Check out an I Follow column with #Redes co-host Carolina Guillén)
Twitter Handle:@Alfredo_Lomeli Following: 296 Followers: 937
(*as of 04/17/13)
“The Extreme Games is what would happen if Pearl Jam ran the Olympics.” – Mark Wolf, Rocky Mountain News, 1996
On this date in 1994, ESPN and ESPN2 announced the creation of the Extreme Games. Originally planned and presented as a week-long competition among the best extreme sports athletes in the world, the event was to be held each non-Olympic summer. Renamed X Games in 1996, it now is conducted yearly and has expanded to include both Winter and Summer competitions as part of the six-event Global X Games series. continue reading…
For Anthony Belenardo, logistics coordinator for ESPN’s X Games, the workload literally never ends.
He is in charge of shipping everything to each Global X Games event, including Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil — home to the next event April 18-21 on ESPN — Barcelona, Munich and back to Los Angeles. This mammoth mission includes keeping track of 13 ocean cargo containers and three 747 charter planes in which everything from rally cars to dirt bikes and necessary television production gear is transported. continue reading…