Colorado li­cense plate is fea­tured in medals

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Blevins Ja­son Blevins: 303- 954- 1374, jblevins@den­ver­post.com or @ja­son­blevins

The medals awarded at the up­com­ing Win­ter X Games in Aspen will mir­ror the iconic Colorado li­cense plate.

The de­sign, with a sil­hou­et­ted moun­tain range, is “a way of say­ing thanks for hav­ing us back,” said Brian Kerr, the as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of sports and com­pe­ti­tion for ESPN’s X Games fran­chise.

“Th­ese medals live on once the event is over. They cre­ate mem­o­ries,” Kerr said. “Ourworld- class ath­letes will be tak­ing pic­tures with them and hang­ing th­ese in their tro­phy cases at home for the rest of their lives. They’ll al­ways re­mem­ber where they com­peted when they look at their X Games Aspen 2016 medal.”

The de­sign changes each year for the medals, and Kerr said this year’s de­sign was a “group ef­fort” among the X Games staff.

The 20th Win­ter X Games is Jan. 28- 31 at Aspen’s But­ter­milk ski area, where the an­nual fes­ti­val has high­lighted the world’s top win­ter ath­letes since 2002.

Shawn Brunoli, ESPN X Games

The de­sign for the gold medal for this year’s X Games in Aspen was a group ef­fort among the staff for the event, which be­gins Jan. 28 at the But­ter­milk ski area.

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