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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

X Games 16 countdown...

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.

This year, at X Games 16, which begins Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, there are two new events, plus an old event that returns to its iconic birthplace.
Here's a look at what's new:

In a nod to the growing skateboard filming industry, the X Games allowed 12 top street skaters to each submit a one-minute, trick-loaded video for a shot at a gold medal and a $50,000 first prize.

"There's a huge segment of skaters and all they want to do is film," said Tim Reed, ESPN senior director of sports and competition. "It's great to give them a board platform to show what they can do."

The videos are available online and will be telecast Sunday. A panel of professional skaters will decide the winner. Fans can vote online for their own favorite; the winner there gets $2,500.

Read more at LA Times


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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 


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