In the return of the most fun action sports fans will have all summer, the 2013 edition of the Summer X Games from Los Angeles is set to kick off on August 1.
With some of the biggest names in their respective sports competing for the elusive X Games gold medals, the anticipation of the new tricks and massive innovation have casual and hardcore action sports fans ready for the event to begin.
If you are looking to enjoy some or all of the unpredictable action, both ESPN and ABC will feature portions of the events and all of the gold medal rounds will be televised.
This is setting up to be a very exciting edition of the Summer X Games.
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. and Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif.
When: Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August, 4
Watch: ABC and ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Full 2013 Summer X Games Schedule
|Thursday, August 1|
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Street League Skateboarding Select Series
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
Women's Skateboard Street
9 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET
America's Navy Skateboard Big Air
Moto X Best Whip
Moto X Freestyle
|Friday, August 2|
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. ET
Street League Skateboarding Elimination
5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET
Red Bull Phenom - Skateboard Street
7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
Red Bull Phenom - BMX Street
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET
Skateboard Vert Elimination
9 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET
GoPro BMX Big Air
Moto X Step Up
Moto X Speed & Style
|Saturday, August 3|
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET
Real Snow Back Country
Street League Skateboarding
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET
10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. ET
Ford Gymkhana Grid
Adaptive Moto X Racing
Men's Moto X Racing
|Sunday, August 4|
3 p.m - 5 p.m. ET
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET
Ford Rallycross Lites
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET
|Saturday, August 17|
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET
Best of X Games
All stats and viewing information via the official website of X Games, unless otherwise noted.
Athletes to Watch
Travis Pastrana, RallyCross
Travis Pastrana is one of the greatest performers in X Games history—boasting 11 gold medals over his career—and he will look to return to Los Angeles with the intention of taking another first-place medal for his performance in the RallyCross event.
Pastrana has put most of his focus into his team in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series as he adjusts to that level of competition, but getting to X Games 2013 to show his dominance again is too tempting to pass up for the action sports legend.
According to the X Games official website, Pastrana will only participate in the RallyCross portion of this year’s show and will take a step back from his Moto X competition.
While Pastrana’s decision is a bit disappointing to hardcore fans, the void opens up a chance for one of the fresh faces in the sport to shine while the veteran focuses on his main goals.
Kevin Robinson, BMX
While there are many names that have graced the X Games stage over the years, few have given as much as BMX legend Kevin Robinson has over the last two decades. According to Alyssa Roenigk of ESPN, this is Robinson’s last call.
After 22 years innovating the sport of BMX and opening it to an entire new generation of riders, Robinson will compete in the BMX Big Air competition for the final time as he says goodbye to the X Games.
Robinson will face incredibly stiff competition in the event—bona fide stars like Zack Warden and Chad Kagy are also looking for gold—but with 17 X Games appearances, four gold medals and 45 surgeries, there is no better time to bow out for the father-of-three than right now.
It will be sad to see him walk away.
Mitchie Brusco, Skateboarding
The athlete many fans are most excited to watch this year is 16-year-old skateboarding sensation Mitchie Brusco. After becoming the first person to ever hit a 900 in a Big Air contest and land a 1080 on the MegaRamp at the X Games, the world is ready to see what’s next for the young star.
Brusco is going for gold in both the Skateboard Big Air and Skateboard Vert this year.
While it will be hard for him to beat such a talented field of skaters, the fourth-year X Games participant (started in the amateur competition at 12 years old) is looking to take another step toward the top of his sport.
With four career X Games medals (two silver and two bronze), Brusco is hungry for gold.
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