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Jamie Lanza goes over the handlebars on his dirt bike while attempting to cross large logs on a hill during the debut of the men's Enduro X Round 1 at X Games 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Taddy Blazusiak soars over a large log during the finals to take the gold medal in the debut of the men's Enduro X Round 1 at X Games 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Elizabeth Bash dives off her dirt bike while attempting to cross large logs on a hill to place fourth during the debut of the Enduro X women's final at X Games 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Wally Palmer soars over his handlebars while attempting to cross a large log on a hill during the debut of the men's Enduro X Round 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Travis Pastrana jumps his car over a gap during the RallyCross final at X Games 17. Pastrana, who had a broken right leg and ankle, drove with a customized steering wheel complete with a gas pedal and was in position for a bronze medal before crashing with less than half a lap left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Brian Deegan of Temecula jumps his car over a gap as he wins the gold in the RallyCross final at X Games 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Brian Deegan celebrates on top of his car after winning the gold medal in the RallyCross final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Returning champion Pierre Luc-Gagnon of Carlsbad competes in round one of skateboard vert inside the Nokia Theatre during the X Games in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Pierre Luc-Gagnon of Carlsbad loses control of his board in round one of the skateboard vert at the Nokia Theatre. He finished second, behind Shaun White.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Top contender Shaun White wows the crowd during warmups for skateboard vert elimination inside the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live during the X Games on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Nyjah Huston, 16, of Huntington Beach is congratulated after winning the gold medal in the men's skateboard street in Lot 7 outside Staples Center during the X Games on Saturday. He is the youngest gold-medal winner in the history of skateboard street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

David Higgins, driving his Subaru, hits the jump during the rally cross racing final in parking Lot 7 outside Staples Center on Saturday. Higgins finished in third place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Fans get a close-up view as Marcus Gronholm takes a tight turn through the dirt during the rally cross racing final in parking Lot 7 outside Staples Center on Saturday. He finished in second place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Liam Doran slides through the dirt on a tight turn during the rally cross racing final in parking Lot 7 outside Staples Center during the X Games. He finished in first place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Athletes warm up Saturday for the skateboard vert elimination inside Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live during the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Ryan Sheckler wins the bronze medal on this run in the men's skateboard street in Lot 7 outside Staples Center during the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Ryan Decenzo competes in the men's skateboard street in Lot 7 outside Staples Center during the X Games. He took fifth place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Jake Brown makes his lading in the Skateboard Big Air final in the 17th X-Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Rony Gomes makes his way down the ramp in the Skateboard Big Air final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Elliot Sloan loses control during a jump in the Skateboard Big Air final Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Jake Brown misses his landing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Fourteen-year-old Mitchie Brusco gets air in the Skateboard Big Air final in the 17th X-Games on Friday. Brusco, known as "Little Tricky," finished fifth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Bob Burnquist falls on his last jump but wins the gold medal with earlier runs in Skateboard Big Air on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Bob Burnquist, right, celebrates his gold medal in Skateboard Big Air.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Steve McCann flips high over the ramp to win the gold medal in the BMX Freestyle Big Air final of the X Games 17 at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Shaun White gets some air during the skateboard vert practice session at X Games 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mitchie Brusco, 14, flies high over the X Games 17 Big Air ramp during practice at the X Games. Brusco landed a 900 Wednesday on the quarterpipe on his seventh attempt in practice and also landed a 360 ollie over the 50-foot gap and a 720 over the 70-foot gap.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Todd Potter of Temecula flies high over a jump to get the silver medal in the Moto x Best Whip at the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Travis Pastrana crashes in his attempt to land a 720, a move he's been working on for two years, during the Moto X Best Trick final of the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Matt Buyten celebrates clearing a record 37 feet to win the Moto-X step up final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Chad Kagy is taken away on a stretcher after crashing in the BMX Freestyle Big Air final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Andy McDonald flips over a section during the Skateboard Park finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

X Games veteran Omar Hassan of Costa Mesa, who placed fifth, soars over a section during the Skateboard Park finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Steve McCann celebrates winning the gold medal in the BMX Freestyle Big Air final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. August 1, 2011, 11:37 am

    LA Times coverage of the x-games is terrible. How about printing the names of the athletes somewhere? What about the results? I can't find those anywhere either. The photographs that made it to print are only of people crashing and falling down. The articles in the paper only talk about how dangerous it is, never mind how great the event is for the city's economy. The photographs show people flying in the air etc. but you have no reference for what they are riding or doing. Maybe next year you should hire photographers that know how to shoot extreme sports.

    By: Jon T.

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