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2003 Los Angeles X Games
Women's Skateboard Park Wrap-Up

Wrap-up report from ESPN on the women's skateboard park competition at the 2003 Los Angeles X Games.

X GAMES IX MAKES HISTORY IN WOMENS SKATEBOARD PARK

Vanessa "VT" Torres becomes women’s first gold medallist in Skateboard Park

LOS ANGELES - X Games IX presented the first-ever women’s gold medal in Skateboard Park to Vanessa "VT" Torres. Women’s Skateboard Park was first demonstrated at X Games VIII in Philadelphia. Based on the success of the event, today’s event marked the first time medals were awarded to women in this event.

Although the event was filled with the world’s best women’s skateboarders, Torres (Anaheim, Calif.) was predicted to take the gold after performing the best in the demo at X Games VIII. On preparing for the event, Torres stated, "I definitely felt that I had to land my tricks, where last year in the demo I could fall and it didn’t matter as much." Torres was able to pull off a number of difficult tricks -- landing her a winning score of 82.00 -- including a backside disaster, a backside lip slide, front side board slide and a kick flip. Torres was also the only athlete to successfully grind on the cement.

"I didn’t think I was going to do as well as I did," said Torres. "I didn’t come here to win, but came here to skate. It is more of a reunion with all of the girls who live around the world; it is just great to see them and be here."

Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Calif.) was the Women’s Skateboard Park silver medallist, with a score of 79.67, followed by Amy Caron (San Francisco, Calif.) with a score of 78.67.

"I was blown away and happy to be in the contest," said Hawkins. "I am stoked to get this medal, and now that they are giving medals I hope that more women come out to try to skate."

"I think that any exposure of women’s park skating is good, especially coming from the X Games," said Torres. "I believe in women’s skating and it is getting better and bigger each year."

Skateboarding is the fastest growing sport in North America (National Sporting Goods Association).

The Women’s Skateboard Vert competition will be held on Sunday August 17, 2003 at 6:00 P.M. at STAPLES Center.



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