In Skateboard Big Air, athletes drop from either a 50- or 65-foot-high roll in, hitting their choice of kicker ramps over an equally long gap, pulling one trick in the air before attempting another off the 27-foot quarterpipe on the other side. It's one of the most challenging and visually impressive events at the X Games, and we were there.
It was a night for history and heartbreak at this year's X Games Skateboard Vert final. Athletes took two wall-to-wall runs across a 60-foot halfpipe, combining technical spins and lip tricks. Judges ranked riders based on aggressive execution, variety, originality, continuity of run, style and degree of difficulty.
The Moto X Speed & Style competition is, by far, one of the most fun and exciting events the X Games have to offer.
Speed & Style combines racing with gravity-defying stunts. Two riders race head-to-head around a three-lap short-track/motocross hybrid. Each rider is judged on the tricks they execute off each of the freestyle ramps, but the one who crosses the finish line first gets bonus points for their margin of victory over the other rider.
Twelve riders tested their skills Saturday on the transition-based, concrete and wood hybrid Park course. The top six were selected for the final based on degree of difficulty, variety, height, distance and execution of tricks, as well as continuity of run, originality, and stylish use of the entire course.
It was an exciting day for RallyCross at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.
The event featured 20 drivers competing on a narrow, mixed-surface course including asphalt, dirt, jumps and other obstacles. For the 10-lap final, the six best drivers faced off with the top three earning the coveted X Games medals.
Thursday marked the beginning of the 2014 X Games, which kicked off opening festivities in downtown Austin, outside the Capitol Building. The remaining three days will take place at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
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