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X Games: Day 2 of competition opens with Skateboard Street

July 29, 2011 |  1:28 pm

X Games Skateboard Street

Day 2 of X Games 17 is underway as competition moves to the Skateboard Street course.

Four heats of five skaters take to the concrete plaza, an urban environment complete with a traffic light, a bus stop and five sets of stairs. Each heat skates for 18 minutes, with competitors taking turns on 45-second runs.

Hundreds of fans have turned out for the elimination round, which will trim the field to 10 for Saturday's finals at 1:30 p.m.

Included in the course are two sides of a pyramid, broken down a few feet below where a pinnacle would be. Word among the skaters is that the course designer had the pyramid built to a level top, then partially demolished it to create a genuine street appearance.


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Photo: A look at the Skateboard Street course. Credit: Douglas Farmer / Los Angeles Times