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Rune Glifberg

At any event where a vert skate ramp is present and people are gathered, it is certain to steal the show.  The power and grace combined with today’s technical prowess has brought vertical skateboarding to magical proportions.  The energy surrounding the summer X-Games vert skateboard competition could be felt for miles around Mariner’s point.

With ESPN’s live coverage, (broadcast to over 200 million) the energy was seen and felt around the world.  Some of the world’s best riders came to decide who could push themselves the furthest and be declared the X-Games champion.

The afternoon heated up throughout the warm-up runs.  The pressure was on to find the lines that would allow for the

Lincoln Ueda

highest airs, longest slides and grinds and trickiest technical maneuvers.  The skaters pushed each other further with each run.  Who would be able last until the end?

The final round was whittled down to the top 10 competitors from the previous couple of days of preliminary rounds that started with 24 who had qualified over several months of qualifications.

Tony Hawk

Each competitor was allowed three runs in the finals.  The best score of the three would be used to decide who would come out on top of the pack to win the big bucks ($5000) and worldwide rock-star status. 

Six judges scored on a scale up to 100.  The high and low were to be tossed out and the remaining four averaged to create the score for each run. 


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A few thousand people packed the stands “oohing” and “ahhing,” and screaming and yelling while the riders went off.  To increase the broadcast audience’s pleasure, ESPN had all kinds of crazy cameras and their largest off-site productions facility ever.  Cameras were rolling on cables, hung from cranes, and placed everywhere to get every conceivable angle.

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