With 200 top athletes from 23 countries competing against each other for medals, cash prizes and endorsements, X Games 18 invade Los Angeles this weekend. Here’s a list of this year’s can’t missevents. (Click here for a comprehensive schedule of events and the corresponding times you can catch them on TV.)
The Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare
June 30 ABC @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM or at 11:45 am at the Gilbert Lindsey Plaza
With a specially built track that looks like something out of an 8-year-old’s imagination, two cars will race each other through a six-story vertical loop, either passing the jump or plunging to the pit. In fact, this trick is modeled after Hot Wheel’s new toy car set, The Double Dare Snare track set. Drivers hope to break last year’s record of a 332-foot jump.
Best trick Moto X
June 29 @ 9pm to 12 am ESPN and 8:15 pm at the Staples Center
Twisting more times in the air than many viewers will have time to count, Clinton Moore will attempt a 720, a trick bungled by fellow Moto competitor, Travis Pastrana, at last years X-Games. This is one of the competition’s most anticipated events, growing more dangerous and ambitious every year.
BMX Big Air.
Sunday, July 1 @ 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ESPN2 or 4:30 P.M. at the Nokia Theater L.A
Pushing the boundaries for big air comes with the risk of harrowing falls. This is one of the most perilous events. Then again, they don’t call this extreme sports for nothing.
Sunday June 1 @11 pm – 12am ESPN 2 or 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm at the Staples Center
Like Hunger Games on motocross bikes, this free-for-all bike race guarantees close calls and collisions. 10-motocross riders flood the Staples Center, which will be transformed into an all-terrain racetrack littered with dirt, water, logs, boulders, and giant tractor tires. Battling to the finish line, it’s not the fastest time or off-road ability that makes champions. This new hybrid races rewards the most well rounded rider.
Skateboard Real Street
July 1st at 9 PM on ESPN2
The competitors in this event are skate rat kings, whose skills and finesse have distinguished them from scores of wanna-bes. Their smooth and seamless transition between tricks is like a well-coordinated. Watch for Chad Tim Tim, who has the best style, and Aaron Homoki who does the big gap jumps, sometimes dropping from three floors up.