Meg Olenick is one of the young slopestyle stars of the U.S. Freeskiing Team. Raised just outside of Aspen, Colo., Olenick has been skiing park since she was a kid, following in the footsteps of her older brothers, Michael and Peter. After a series of knee injuries, she is looking for a strong season in 2013 to solidify her spot on the 2014 Olympic team. Olenick will be blogging for OnTheSnow this season as she prepares for Sochi in 2014. 

The Winter X Games gets underway on Jan. 24 and the athletes from around the globe will descend on my hometown of Aspen, Colo. X Games has a similar status to the Olympics for freeskiers and snowboarders, because until last year, the Olympics were not an option for snowboard slopestyle and all of freeskiing.

Thousands of spectators stand in the freezing cold for hours to get a glimpse of their favorite athlete in their element. Being an athlete at X Games has its perks—you have an athlete tent with endless food and drinks, snowmobile rides for the course and a credential that can pretty much get you anywhere. I was not invited to X Games this year due to my injury from last year but will be closely following my fellow competitors. I know the field well and here are my predictions on who is at the top of their game and has potential to podium at X Games this year:

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle

1. Chas Guldemond – Chas is coming off of a second-place finish at Dew Tour in Breckenridge and just had a win at the Grand Prix in Copper last week. I am sure this momentum is going to carry him into X Games with a winning mindset.

2. Mark McMorris

3. Peetu Piiroinen

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

1. Spencer O’Brien – X Games has never treated Spencer very nicely but she placed second in Dew Tour earlier this season and has some new tricks in her bag for X Games.

2. Jamie Anderson

3. Enni Rukajarvi

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe

1. Shaun White – What is there to say about this guy, he loves to win and is good at it.

2. Luke Mitrani

3. Louie Vito

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe

1. Kelly Clarke – Kelly has been, for the most part, unstoppable in the halfpipe for the last several years and her riding this year looks as solid as in the past.

2. Torah Bright

3. Elena Hight

Men’s Snowboard Big Air

1. Mark McMorris – Mark is coming off of a recent win at Dew Tour in Breckenridge and is always pushing the sport with progressive new tricks.

2. Staale Sandbech

3. Sebastian Toutant

Men’s Ski Slopestyle

1. Russ Henshaw – Russ makes slopestyle skiing look easy. Coming off of a back-to-back win in Dew Tour and Grand Prix, he seems ready to conquer X Games.

2. James Woods

3. Sammy Carlson

Women’s Ski Slopestyle

1. Kaya Turski – Kaya has won X Games the last three years both in the US and Europe and at this point seems unstoppable.

2. Keri Herman

3. Ashley Battersby

Men’s Ski Halfpipe

1. Justin Dorey – To my knowledge, Justin currently has the most doubles in the halfpipe and always seems to be pulling one out of his sleeve no one has seen before. He is also coming off of a win at Dew Tour.

2. Mike Riddle

3. Kevin Rolland

Women’s Ski Halfpipe

1. Brita Sigourney – Though Brita is coming off of a knee injury, she doesn’t seem fazed. Winning Dew Tour seemed like a piece of cake and she followed that up with a third-place at Grand Prix. Watch out for this little fireball.

2. Maddie Bowman

3. Roz Groenewoud

Men’s Ski Big Air

1. Gus Kenworthy – The variety of tricks that Gus can land over and over is endless. He has put in his time and I am ready to see him land on top.

2. Kai Mahler

3. Henrik Harlaut