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A Decade of X-Cellence
BRIAN MACPHERSON
August 01, 2005
These are the moments that have stood out most in 10 years of over-the-top competition
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August 01, 2005

A Decade Of X-cellence

These are the moments that have stood out most in 10 years of over-the-top competition

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The inaugural X Games were staged in Rhode Island in 1995. In the decade since, the event has grown, adding athletes and sports and gaining prestige. Here, in chronological order, are the most memorable moments from the X files.

Fabiola da Silva's

BACKFLIP (1996)

She didn't compete in 1995, but da Silva introduced herself in dramatic fashion a year later. In the women's in-line vert competition, the 17-year-old from Brazil became the first female skater to land a backflip and won the first of her five gold medals in the event. Because women's in-line vert was eliminated from the X Games in 2002, da Silva now competes against the men--and has held her own, as she proved with a sixth-place finish in 2004.

Tony Hawk's

900 (1999)

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Hawk, a five-time X Games gold medalist and the Babe Ruth of skateboarding, landed a 900--2 1/2 rotations above a halfpipe--during the best-trick competition. It took 11 tries, but the 31-year-old skating legend was not to be denied. "This is the best day of my life, I swear to God," Hawk said.

Travis Pastrana's

RIDE INTO THE BAY (1999)

Winning a gold medal in the moto X competition at age 15 apparently wasn't enough for Pastrana. The youngest of nine riders, he had locked up his first X Games victory with a perfectly executed no-handed seat grab as he flew 29 1/2 feet into the air during his first run, earning a score of 99.0. Since none of his rivals could one-up him during their second runs, Pastrana took care of that himself--by riding up a dirt ramp off the course and into San Francisco Bay. As a result of the stunt, ESPN denied Pastrana his $10,000 first prize.

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