X in ATX

IMG_8621Austin is one of four finalists—along with Detroit, Charlotte, and Chicago—competing to host the summer X Games starting in 2014. If selected, the Austin event would be held at the Circuit of the Americas race track, the new home of the Formula 1 US Grand Prix that’s east of downtown. In support of Austin’s bid, the organizers hosted an X Games rally in front of the Texas State Capitol when ESPN executives visited earlier this month.

IMG_8603Three areas were set up on Congress Avenue for skateboarders and BMX bikers to impress the crowd as well as the executives. Now I’m not up-to-date on the latest extreme trends since Tony Hawk retired, but I do believe Verts, Half-Pipes, Grinds, and Catching Air were involved. One tenacious biker tried a dozen times to do the same stunt and went tumbling down the ramp every time. The crowd cheered when he finally nailed it, although I imagine he had injured several body parts by then.

IMG_8618ESPN executives are supposed to announce the winning city in early July. Judging from the large, enthusiastic crowd, there’s lots of interest in having the X (Games) in A(ustin) TX!IMG_8609

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