In Skateboard Big Air, athletes drop from either a 50- or 65-foot-high roll in, hitting their choice of kicker ramps over an equally long gap, pulling one trick in the air before attempting another off the 27-foot quarterpipe on the other side. It's one of the most challenging and visually impressive events at the X Games, and we were there.
Twelve riders tested their skills Saturday on the transition-based, concrete and wood hybrid Park course. The top six were selected for the final based on degree of difficulty, variety, height, distance and execution of tricks, as well as continuity of run, originality, and stylish use of the entire course.
It was an exciting day for RallyCross at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.
The event featured 20 drivers competing on a narrow, mixed-surface course including asphalt, dirt, jumps and other obstacles. For the 10-lap final, the six best drivers faced off with the top three earning the coveted X Games medals.
Thursday marked the beginning of the 2014 X Games, which kicked off opening festivities in downtown Austin, outside the Capitol Building. The remaining three days will take place at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
Testimony is set to resume in the case of a Fort Hood sergeant accused of operating a prostitution ring.
Noncommissioned officer Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was working as a sexual assault prevention officer with III Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion when he allegedly recruited female soldiers for the purpose of engaging in sex for money. McQueen now faces 21 criminal charges including pandering, adultery and sexual assault. The current Article 32 hearing will determine if he will face a military court-martial.
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