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August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
One by one, the featured athletes for the 11th X Games were introduced on the sun-splashed balcony overlooking the Staples Center parking lot. Danny Way, whose 200-foot-tall illustration served as a backdrop on a building that fronted the Los Angeles skyline, limped through the crowd of reporters and photographers with cane in hand Wednesday, his right ankle supported by a brace and a thick wrap of athletic bandage.
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SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt
No racer has been more successful changing disciplines than Jeff Ward. Ward, a 44-year-old Newport Beach resident, was a supercross champion long before the sport's most famous name, Jeremy McGrath, won his first race. He quit in his prime to begin open-wheel racing and soon began a string of top-five finishes at the Indianapolis 500. Ward accepted a late offer to drive in the Indy 500 in May, but his passion the last two years has returned to two-wheel racing.
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Ben Bolch
Cara-Beth Burnside has never been shy about going after what she really wanted. When she turned 10, her grandmother bought her a pair of roller skates, but Burnside had her heart set on a new skateboard to use at the skateboard park that had just opened near her home in Orange. So Burnside took her birthday money and bought one. And those roller skates? "I don't think I ever used them again," she said. "They just sat there collecting dust."
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Pete Thomas and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
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.
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt
Danny Way made history at the X Games last summer. He made ancient history last month. Way, who set records outside Staples Center a year ago for the longest, highest jump on a skateboard in the big air competition, cleared the Great Wall of China four weeks ago, becoming the first person to accomplish that feat without motorized assistance. If that wasn't exciting enough, Way's name was officially inscribed on the centuries-old barrier, the first Westerner to receive the honor.
NEWS
July 19, 2005 | Joe Robinson
No doubt in need of more exercise, Scott Jurek of Seattle, who recently won the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run, followed up with a victory two and a half weeks later in the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon on July 11. In the process, Jurek, 31, set a new course record of 24 hours, 36 minutes for this torture rack, in which runners negotiate blast-furnace temperatures, hallucinations and the edge of sanity en route from Death Valley to 8,360-foot Whitney Portal.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2005 | Leslie Gornstein, Special to The Times
What's it going to take to get Chinese kids onto skateboards? Jumping the Great Wall? It's a good start. American skater Danny Way, one of the hottest names in the sport, plans to take his reputation for vertical insubordination to the world's most famous barrier this summer.
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