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 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.
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.
July 27, 2010 |
Boil the history of action sports down to its essence, and a single phrase emerges: Can you top this? That concept has driven the sport's growth for decades, and the X Games does the same, adding new events or twists to old ones seemingly every year. For example, the X Games added the big air skateboarding event in 2004 after Danny Way, the event's pioneer, pushed for it. Another change came in 2009 when X Games officials heeded the request of skaters and created a concrete skate park for a different skateboarding competition, switching from the wooden park used the year before.
July 2, 2012 |
BMX star Mat Hoffman woke on a vertical half-pipe ramp in Japan. Dazed, he looked over to his wife, Jaci, whose belly was protruding quite a bit. “What? We're having a baby?!” Hoffman exclaimed. Of course, he had long known they were having a baby. She had been pregnant for eight months. He had forgotten because he had just been knocked out. "I got to relive the whole moment of me becoming a dad again," Hoffman said of this 2000 incident, shortly before his wife gave birth to their daughter, Gianna.