Next month, in her adopted hometown of Aspen, Colo., Australian-born Ramona Bruland will make her debut as the new host of the X Games.
No stranger to the action-sports scene, she grew up skiing in her native South Australia (even making a brief foray into competitive snowboarding in the 1990s), earned her degree in outdoor adventure -- literally -- and lived the "endless winter" ski-bum lifestyle for more than a dozen consecutive seasons. She continues to indulge her taste for adrenaline by never saying no to an opportunity to try something new -- whether that's working toward earning her pilot's license or making a guest cameo as herself (16 times!) on the daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Bruland's been in front of the camera as a reporter and host for a decade, keying in global viewers to everything from current snow conditions to luxury vacations to adventure-based exploration in the northern and southern hemispheres. Her passion for sports, as both a fan and a participant, is as evident in a taped segment as it is over a quick phone call in a weather-hampered airport. (Ever the professional, she gladly gave a re-interview when this reporter's recording device malfunctioned the first time around.) Read on for a conversation with the new face of the X Games.
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