December 4, 2009 |
Kimbo Slice is hungry. At the moment, he was yearning for Friday's weigh-in to end before Saturday night's Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight fight against Houston Alexander so he could get some food. "The last time I weighed this much I was in middle school," said Slice, the former street fighter from Miami whose fights became a YouTube phenomenon. "I gotta eat something, I need a nibble." Slice's appetite also craves some credibility. Since parlaying his "Kimbo fights" Internet popularity into a professional mixed martial arts career as a main-event fighter who fought twice on the CBS-televised Elite Xtreme Combat circuit, Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson)
August 3, 2005 |
When motocross rider Kenny Bartram crashed and ruptured a blood vessel in his brain 12 years ago, his father's health insurance helped cushion the fall by paying the hefty medical tab. Now that he's 26, Bartram must pay big bucks -- around $650 a month, he says -- to ensure that he will be covered if he suffers another serious injury. His policy paid for a broken leg suffered at the 2002 Summer X Games and a broken hip socket suffered in the fall of 2003.
January 27, 2006 |
The winds of change swirling through this posh mountain retreat have delivered a hint of impetuousness: attitude to be complemented, over the next five days, by amplitude. The Flying Tomato, Big Dan, Lucky Lindsey and other young athletes have arrived, along with their families, friends and thousands of fans, for the Winter X Games. Remarkably, the upscale populace has embraced this brief transformation from haughty to hip.
August 2, 2005 |
Skateboarders make their tricks look simple, but even basic maneuvers such as heel flips and kick flips are painstakingly difficult and take days, even weeks to perfect. "But really, all it takes is a relentlessness," said Paul Rodriguez of Chatsworth, who is preparing to defend his gold medal in the park, or street, competition when the X Games begin a four-day run Thursday. "You have to keep trying, then try some more and still some more," Rodriguez continued.
August 4, 2005 |
Ten television cameras will track Shaun White as the red-headed skateboarder soars high above the Staples Center arena floor during Friday night's vert competition. ESPN clearly hopes that the 18-year-old will generate some "SportsCenter" moments by pulling a new trick or two during his 2005 X Games debut. But the subsequent volley of slow-motion television replays also will capture the clothing labels and stickers adorning White's helmet and skateboard.
January 28, 2005 |
Shaun White is into "snow mode." He ditched his skateboard in favor of a snowboard, left his home in Carlsbad for one in the powder-covered Rockies. Wintergreen is his new favorite flavor -- this being winter and with so much green up for grabs. White is here to compete in the Winter X Games, which run today through Tuesday and offer nearly $300,000 in prize money in snowboarding alone. He tuned up with a victory at the Session Men's Rail Jam, worth $8,000, at nearby Vail.