Thinking back to the days in the neighborhood when most kids were riding some kind of knock-off brand of dirt bike, hurling it over a rickety homemade ramp of scrap wood, we seemed to have a healthy reserve of guts. Once we landed our “massive airs” that felt like 10 footers, we would congratulate ourselves into glory. It was a guy thing. You tested your mettle. You learned your limitations. You learned “how to measure things.”
The days of plywood curbs and broken chains and pedals seem so far away now, as we watch how that childhood activity has morphed into some fearless exhibition sport where guys literally throw themselves into the chasm, hoping for the best. The X-Games has been a running favorite feature on the ESPN network since the year 1998. That was the year that the X-games received a marquee level broadcast event on ESPN and ABC, even though the competition had been held three times prior beginning in 1995.
The X-gamers back then were a collection of semi-professional athletes from BMX, skating, rollerblading and motocross. They used the event (formerly known as The Extreme Games) to win higher purse prizes than were offered in regional and semi-pro competitions. It also didn’t hurt that the marketing push by ESPN was able to pack nearly a quarter million spectators into the event every time it was held. It was no accident that many of the athletes from the early X-Games are now household names, like Matt Hoffman, Tony Hawk and Shaun White.
It’s now 2012, and the 18th annual X-Games just concluded in July of this year. Like many competitions in motocross before, the riders continue to tempt the fates and defy laws of physics while cutting through dirt then hurtling through space. If you’ve never seen the Big Aerial Trick Competition, step right this way. You might not believe what you’re seeing.
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