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2004 Mobile Skatepark Series Cincinnati
Day 2 Report - Saturday, May 29, 2004

Report and results from day 2 of the Mobile Skatepark Series event in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DAY 2 OF THE 2004 MSS IN CINCINNATI OHIO
MAY 29, 2004 (SATURDAY)

The second day of the Mobile Skatepark Series event underway now at Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati, Ohio was marked by stiff professional and amateur inline skating competition in both street and vert.

Pro Vert Finals
Japanese phenom Eito Yasutoko threw down a near perfect second run to nab top honors in the pro vert competition. The only thing more astonishing than Yasutoko's winning run was the fact that his first run would have easily won the competition. Yasutoko hauled in the gold medal by landing a mind bending combination of huge air tricks, including two of his signature double backflips in the same run. Yasutoko remains firmly entrenched as the world's number one ranked inline vert skater following an undefeated 2003 season marked by gold medal performances at action sports' three most prestigious events - the LG Action Sports Championships, the X Games and the Gravity Games. Yasutoko's victorious stretch started during last year's Cincinnati Mobile Skatepark Series event when he became the first skater to land a double flatspin 180 in competition.

Rounding out the top three in the pro vert inline competition were Eito Yasutoko's younger brother Takeshi Yasutoko and Australian skater Shane Yost, who rank number two and number three in the world respectively. Last year's MSS Cincinnati amateur vert champion Patrick Zimmermann from Germany missed the podium but drew loud cheers from the crowd in his pro vert skating debut.

Pro Street Finals
In men's competition, the number two ranked professional inline street skater following the 2003 season launched himself into the 2004 season with a powerful performance and a dominating victory. With a score of 89 after two runs, French skater Stephane Alfano defeated today's silver medalist by nearly 8 points. Alfano's victorious first run was laced with his trademark technical lip tricks, creative big air transfers and precise spin tricks.

Finishing the day in second place was Brian Murphy. Earning the bronze medal was 2003 ASA Rookie of the Year Richie Velasquez .

Women's pro street gold medalist Katie Ketchum finished the day barely three points shy of becoming the first female skater to qualify for a top-10 finish against the male competitors. Fallon Heffernan earned the silver medal with a daring bag of tricks that included a huge quaterpipe-to-top-of-wallride transfer, a trick few other competitors - including men - even attempted. Taking the bronze medal was rookie pro Kaya Turski in her first pro street competition.

Amateur Street Finals
French amateur Steven Aleil turned in a clean and very technical second run to capture the gold medal and an automatic berth to the 2004 ASA World Championships. Mike Falcone from Eldersberg, MD won the silver medal while Jerry Butler from Shaker Heights, OH took the bronze. Joining the top three at this year's amateur World Championships are brothers Scott and Kevin Raser from Snellville, GA, as well as Jimmy Hake from Youngstown, OH. Local skater Aaron Pyle from Middletown, OH finished in seventh place and only missed earning a World Championship invitation by two points.

The Mobile Skatepark Series resumes on Sunday with amateur skateboard street prelims at 10 a.m. Tomorrow, the Mobile Skatepark Series also features professional skateboarding demos and best trick competition in both vert and street.



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