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Australian Wins Bike Stunt Flatland

August 16, 2003|Dan Arritt | Times Staff Writer

Simon O'Brien of Australia won the bike stunt flatland competition held in the parking lot of Staples Center.

O'Brien scored 93.40 points on one of two 90-second runs to defeat Nathan Penonzek of Canada (92.00) and Trevor Meyer of Chaska, Minn. (88.60).

Three-time defending champion Martti Kuoppa of Finland finished 17th out of 20 competitors. The top local finisher was Stephen Cerra of Redondo Beach, who finished eighth.

The flatland competition is a display of balance, agility and patience. If a foot touches the ground in this highly technical discipline, competitors are deducted points. Riders are judged on style, difficulty, originality, creativity, execution and overall performance.

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For the first time, medals in the women's skateboard park competition were awarded.

Vanessa Torres of Anaheim scored 82.0 points to win the event, which was first demonstrated at the X Games in Philadelphia last summer.

Torres was the only competitor to successfully grind on the asphalt, and she also completed an assortment of other tricks, including a backslide disaster, a backside lip slide, a front side board slide and a kick flip.

"I definitely felt that I had to land my tricks," she said. "Where last year in the demo I could fall and it didn't matter as much."

Lin-Z Adams Hawkins of Cardiff finished second and Amy Caron of San Francisco was third.

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