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June 29, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
For years, Hot Wheels toy track sets have appeared somewhat impractical for real-life applications. All the twists, the turns, the loops. Surely, no full-size car could do what those toy cars on those tracks could. Tanner Faust and Greg Tracy will have a chance to disprove that theory Saturday. The two drivers will attempt to break a world record by driving a car through a six-story vertical loop in what is expected to be one of the big events at the X Games this weekend. The Double Loop Dare, a life-sized spinoff of Hot Wheels' Double Dare Snare set made by Mattel, features a bright orange track with two 60-foot vertical loops.
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June 29, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Alexis Sablone only needed her first run in the final round to take home the gold medal in the women's Skateboard Street competition at the X Games on Friday. Sporting a black T-shirt and jeans with a navy blue baseball cap worn backward, Sablone took the top score of the day on her first run in the final round. The run included a string of perfectly executed kickflips before perhaps her best move of the day - a front side 50-50 grind down a sloping picnic table. Sablone began the run with perhaps her best series of the day. Starting on the roof, she landed a kickflip off a gap roughly 10 feet above the course, followed by another kickflip into a wedge and a jump.
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June 29, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
RallyCross driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen broke his left ankle and suffered abdominal injuries when his car crashed into the metal jump ramp on the RallyCross course during a practice run Friday.  Heikkinen, a 21-year-old Finnish driver, came up short attempting a jump over a 50-foot gap, where he collided head-on before falling upside down into the gap. PHOTOS: Summer X Games 2012 Heikkinen is conscious and alert and...
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June 29, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Part 1 of a two-part series on concussions in action sports. Part 2 Sunday will focus on 40-year-old BMX rider Kevin Robinson. Action sports superstar Travis Pastrana tells a story about his uncle, Alan Pastrana, who suffered a major concussion near the end of his two-year tenure as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the late 1960s. He was 26 when his NFL career ended. "He went from a very tough, tough guy to super emotional, super sensitive, the most 'huggy' man you'd ever see," Travis says.
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June 28, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Skateboarder Bob Burnquist will compete in the Skateboard Big Air and Vert competitions despite back injuries sustained during Big Air practice two days ago. Burnquist, 35, was taken to California Medical Center but was released after X-ray results were negative for broken bones and spinal injuries. Event officials said he was back on site as a spectator Wednesday. The Brazilian has withdrawn from Saturday's Skateboard Park event but will still participate in the other two competitions.
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June 28, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
At the Summer X Games in 2006, the fiery-haired action sports superstar Shaun White tried 21 times to land the most elusive trick in skateboarding, a holy grail of a maneuver that no human had yet to achieve: "The 1080. " That's three complete midair revolutions on the board, which requires both considerable air time and skill. White failed all 21 times, just as he had failed in all 29 of his tries at the Summer X Games in 2005. A 6-year-old sandy-haired boy from Malibu watched those 21 failures from the stands.
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June 27, 2012 | From staff reports
Summer X Games 2012 begins Thursday in downtown Los Angeles and runs through Sunday, with events involving top action sports athletes in skateboarding, BMX, motocross and rally car racing. All events will take place in the Staples Center-L.A. Live area. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster locations and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com/xgames. Ticket prices start at $10 and vary based on location and venue. For more information: espn.go.com/action/xgames Schedule: THURSDAY Noon - 7 p.m.: X Fest at L.A. Live.
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June 24, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
TEHACHAPI, Calif. - The trio of preteen skateboarders edges near the lip of the vertical half-pipe ramp, then takes turns plunging in for practice runs inside a facility called "the Hangar. " The aforementioned is a 60,000-square-foot utopia for skateboarders and BMX riders, with vertical walls, foam pits, bowls, ramps, ledges and handrails. It's part of Woodward West's 16-acre complex here and on a recent afternoon, it buzzed with commotion. But of the dozens of preteens, teens and 20-and-up skaters and BMX-ers who zipped around the building's every obstacle, the young trio stood out, if only because of what the three were practicing for - the X Games - and of what they represent - their sport's future.
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June 15, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Action sports superstar Shaun White will not be competing at X Games Los Angeles 2012, which will be held later this month in downtown L.A., from June 28-July 1. White's publicist Samantha Hill of WTK Public Relations confirmed Friday that White has decided to sit out the premier action sports event. No specific reason for his absence was indicated. Many fans were hoping the 25-year-old White, one of the biggest names in all of action sports, would return to summer X Games to defend the Skateboard Vert gold medal he won last year in a close contest with Pierre-Luc Gagnon.
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January 20, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Canadian skier Sarah Burke, a leading pioneer of the freestyle halfpipe and the best-known athlete in her sport, died Thursday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah. She was 29. Burke, who was a driving force behind the inclusion of the halfpipe in the 2014 Winter Olympics, was injured Jan. 10 while training at Park City Mountain resort. Tests revealed that she sustained "irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," according to a statement released on behalf of her family.
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