The X Games were developed by ESPN in 1995. Originally known as the Extreme Games and renamed to X Games in 1996, the event was the first to feature the world’s best action sports athletes competing in a variety of summer-based competitions. Winter X Games, featuring winter competitions, were added in 1997 and international events in 1998. It’s been a fast and furious ride ever since, with the X Games helping drive the action sports industry and athletes to unimaginable success worldwide. Check out the timeline of past X Games highlights below.