EYE ON THE GAMES

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No White

Snow­board half­pipe de­fend­ing cham­pion Danny Davis will be go­ing for his third con­sec­u­tive gold un­der the lights Satur­day night. For only the se­cond time since 1999, Shaun White will not be in the X Games’ mar­quee event. He was not in­vited this year.

Go fast

The high- fly­ing spec­ta­cle of ski­cross, which de­buted as an Olympic event in 2010, re­turns to the Win­ter X Games on Satur­day af­ter a three­year hia­tus. Vail’s Chris Del Bosco, who won the event the last time it was here, in 2012, is one of the top five qual­i­fiers.

Go big

Satur­day night’s ski big air event, where ath­letes are judged on tricks off an 80- foot jump, has a heavy Colorado fla­vor, with Bobby Brown and Gus Kenworthy.

Go for Gold

In her fourth trip to But­ter­milk Moun­tain, 19year- old Arielle Gold of Steam­boat Springs is look­ing for her first X Games name­sake medal Sun­day. She won bronze as a rookie in 2013 and was fourth the past two years.

Too much white

Toomuch snow, iron­i­cally, is not a good thing at Win­ter X. The sched­ule could get dicey: The moun­tain is un­der a win­ter- storm warn­ing into Sun­day morn­ing. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is call­ing for 8- 16 inches of snow and winds of 10- 20 mph with gusts up to 45.

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