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2003 Los Angeles X Games
Men's Skateboard Park Wrap-Up
Wrap-up report from ESPN on the men's skateboard
park competition at the 2003 X Games in Los Angeles,
YOUNGEST GOLD MEDALLIST IN X GAMES HISTORY AWARDED
AT X GAMES IX MENíS SKATEBOARD PARK FINAL
13-Year-Old Ryan Sheckler Earns His FirstGold Medal at X Games IX
LOS ANGELES ≠ At only 13-years old, X Games newcomer Ryan Sheckler
(San Clemente, Calif.) took top honors at the X Games IX Skateboard
Park Final, stunning an energetic crowd of thousands at STAPLES Center.
Now the youngest X Games gold medallist in history, Shecklerís winning
run included a backside smith grind, backside 5.0, kickflip railslide,
a big kickflip over the gap to a huge kickflip indy grab scoring a 93.33.
In Shecklerís first appearance in X Games competition, he has officially
become the youngest competitor to win gold in X Games history. When asked
about his success and competing against other professional athletes he said,
"I just want to be humble and progress. Iím skating with guys I have
looked up to all my life. The fact that I am winning is cool, but just
skating with them is the best part."
"I had absolutely no intentions of winning the X Games," said Scheckler.
"I just came here to have fun and not mess up. I hope next year is just
In his ninth X Games appearance, Carlos de Andrade (Curitiba, BRA) won
the silver medal in the Skateboard Park Finals scoring a 92.67.
His silver medalling first run included a variety of tricks including
a backside air disaster, switch cookie grind and a frontside smith
grind to lipslide. Andradeís second place finish is a drastic
improvement from his nineteenth place finish in X Games VIII.
One of the most consistent Park skaters in the field, Chad Bartie
(Gold Coast, Queensland AUS) scored a 90.67 in his first run earning
him the bronze medal in the Menís Skateboard Park Finals. Bartieís
third place finish is his best in X Games competition.
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