The Kia X Games are underway in Shanghai. What do you need to know about them? Geoff Ng has you covered with this stream-of-consciousness guide to one of the coolest things to do this holiday weekend.
Andy McDonald: the only Skateboard Vert champ Shanghai’s ever had
BMX: big boys on little bikes.
Chad Kagy: back-to-back and reigning champ chickened out. Who will step up?
Dinara Israliyeva: Kazakhstan’s only contestant
Eito Yasutoko and little bro Takeshi: 6 of last 7 In-Line Vert titles…any challengers?
Five sports, eight categories, four days.
Garrett Reynolds: 17 year-old BMX wunderkind, defending champ
Hotline: hit it up at 962388 or 400-666-6699
In-Line: like roller skates. But, uh, not lame.
Jiangwan Stadium: no bigger skate park in the world.
Kawasaki, Ayumi: first female winner in In-Line Vert history?
Lukasz Swirk: Poland’s great white sport climbing hope
Motocross: getting Big Air, but just a demonstration sport this year
Nakamura brothers Tomohiko and Takayuki: looking to push the Yasutokos
Online tix? Lvmama.com
Phuket, Thailand: birthplace of the Asian X Games
Qixin, Zhong: a quarter of the Chinese men’s climbing crew
RISE UP: the X Games’ official theme song
Sports Climbing: who can get it up the quickest?
Tickets: Get ’em for 120RMB; 50RMB for students
USD $130,000 in prizes. Straight cash, homey.
Vert vs. Street? Vert goes on the ramp, street goes on the street.
Wanitsakul, Kiattichai: Asia’s only entry in the BMX Freestyle Vert
X. What else needs to be said?
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