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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
"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
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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