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X Games: Big crowds already as competition opens

July 28, 2011 |  1:24 pm


It may only be an elimination round of the BMX Freestyle competition, but crowds have turned out for the opening of X Games 17.

A few hundred fans have filled the L.A. Live Event Deck to watch the 20 riders. Groups of schoolchildren make up most of the crowd, distinguishable by their bright, solid-colored T-shirts.

The loudest fans, as so often is the case at the X Games, are the competitors themselves. Dozens of riders watch each run intently, letting the less-informed in attendance know an impressive trick with applause of their own.


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Photo: A competitor flies through the air while competing in the Men's BMX Freestyle Final at the X Games last year. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times.