2008 Summer X Games Preview
Last year, Jake Brown miraculously survived a 40-foot fall! What crazy things might happen this year? Kidzworld has the scoop on one of the year's biggest action sports events!
Big NamesLike every year, the X Games is going to be filled with all the A-listers in action sports. MTV star Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez Jr. and Jereme Rogers headline the Skateboarding Street event. Jake Brown will attempt to not get injured this year in the Big Air comp, as he faces guys like Pierre Luc Gagnon, Danny Way and Bucky Lasek. The women's Skateboard Vert features big names such as Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and Cara-Beth Burnside, while the men's side has Shaun White and Bob Burnquist.
Nate Adams headlines the Moto X Best Trick while Dave Mirra is always a favorite in the BMX Freestyle Superpark. Multi sports star Ricky Carmichael will once again be competing in the Moto X Step Up. And make sure to keep an eye on Mike Spinner, who is an up-and-coming star in the BMX Freestyle Superpark.
AdditionsThis year's games will feature five new pro contests: Moto X Whip, Moto X Speed and Style, Moto X Women's Racing, BMX SuperPark and Skateboard SuperPark. One of the more unusual contests will be the Moto X Speed and Style discipline. This new event is a summer-version of the snowmobile event. Two motorcycle riders will start at the same point but will go in two different courses. One course is the race course, the other is the trick course. After each rider completes both courses, the contest is judged both on the time of the race course and the difficulty of the tricks completed on the trick course.
In the BMX SuperPark and Skateboard SuperPark contests, riders will compete on a fast-flowing course modeled after some of the best concrete skateparks. The X Games will also feature two other new contests - The Skateboard SuperPark Adaptive Jam and Moto X Racing Adaptive final. These two events will showcase disabled athletes competing in different action sports.
The 411 on the GamesThe 14th annual Summer X Games head back to Los Angeles, California from July 31-August 3, 2008. The events will be held at the STAPLES Center and the Home Depot Center. You can catch all the action on ESPN and ABC. For more information on event times and news, go to www.expn.com.