August 7, 2004 |
Fabiola da Silva doesn't have the physical strength of her competition, so she finds strength from within. It's a gift, she said, from her father, who died last year just before she skated in the X Games. And it's a personality trait from her mother, who is paralyzed on her right side -- the aftereffect of a stroke. And it's a strength fueled by the loss of a close friend, Andre Abreu, who drowned in a boating accident in April.
August 31, 1997
Chet Thomas of Huntington Beach placed second in the men's skateboarding street competition Saturday in the ESPN's B3 event in Seal Beach. Andy McDonald, who took first, edged Thomas in points, 86.6 to 86.3. In the men's in-line skating street competition, Jake Elliott placed third with a score of 72.6. Dion Anthony (77.4) from Australia won the event and Josh Petty of San Diego (72.8) took third.
September 1, 1997
Seal Beach's Laura Lee Connery finished among the top five in two in-line skating events Sunday afternoon at ESPN's B3 event in Seal Beach. Connery was second in the women's street competition with a score of 44.2. Fabiola Samoes da Silva of Hoboken, N.J., won the event with a score of 50.2. Da Silva won the women's half pipe competition with a score of 59.8. Connery was fourth with a score of 34.8. In the men's half pipe competition, Seal Beach's Chris Garrett was fourth with a score of 68.
August 5, 2004 |
Since the X Games began a decade ago, the annual celebration of boards and bikes has moved from Generation X oddity to something far more mainstream. This year's sports and entertainment events -- today through Sunday at Staples Center, the Home Depot Center, Huntington Beach Pier and Long Beach Marine Stadium -- are meant to appeal to granddaughters as well as grandfathers, regardless of whether they know the difference between a grind and a grinder.
August 14, 2003 |
No need to wince, cover your children's eyes or send a scathing e-mail to your local politician, there's nothing X-rated about the X Games. The truth is, when the extreme-sports competition officially begins today at its primary venue, Staples Center, the crowd may look about as seedy as one at a Britney Spears concert and the economic effect they have is expected to quadruple that of the Rose Parade. The X Games were created by ESPN nine years ago as programming for younger viewers.
October 26, 2000 |
When Brian Patch was a kid growing up in Indiana in the 1980s, his parents, teachers and guidance counselors worried about his preoccupation with skateboards. They tried to persuade him that there was no market for daredevils in dingy T-shirts and baggy shorts who were masters of moves on wheels. "I heard it every day," says Patch. But not anymore.