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Mike Brown catches air and an early lead to win a gold medal during the Men's Moto X Enduro race at the X Games on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Sebastien Loeb of France turns a corner during RallyCross Round One at the X Games on Sunday. Loeb went on to win gold in the RallyCross final.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Gold medal winning skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, right, hugs silver medal winner Ryan Sheckler, left, after winning the Men's Skateboard Street final at the X Games on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Steve McCann performs a double tail whip to win the gold medal in the BMX Big Air Final at the X Games on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Gold medal winner Paul Rodriguez grinds Sunday during the Men's Skateboard Street final at the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Silver medal winner Ryan Sheckler performs a trick off a ramp Sunday during the Men's Skateboard Street final at the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Skateboarder Manny Santiago flips over after failing to complete a trickSunday during the Men's Skateboard Street final at the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Stunt driver Greg Tracy beats Rally Cross driver Tanner Foust through the loop during the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare stunt at the X Games on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

BMX Vert rider Jamie Bestwickat performs a trick during his gold medal winning run in the Vert BMX Finals at the X Games on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

BMX Vert rider Jamie Bestwickat performs a trick during his gold medal winning run in the Vert BMX Finals at the X Games on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

BMX Vert rider Jamie Bestwickat performs a trick during his gold medal winning run in the Vert BMX Finals at the X Games on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Clinton Moore crashes his bike after a failed landing during the Motocross Best Trick Competition at the X Games on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles – Jackson Strong performs "The Jack" on his bike during the motocross Best Trick Competition at the X Games on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles – Bob Burnquist celebrates his gold-medal-winning run in the Skateboard Big Air finals competition at the X Games on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles – Garrett Reynolds performs a trick on his gold-medal-winning run in the BMX Street competition at the X Games on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles – Ronnie Renner is on his way up to set a new world record with a gold-medal 47-foot high jump in the Step Up competition at the X Games on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Mitchie Brusco, 15, completes a trick during his run in the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Jono Schwan celebrates after completing his run during the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Jagger Eaton, 11, completes a trick during the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Jagger Eaton, 11, high-fives Jake Brown after his run in the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Lincoln Ueda loses his board as he fails to complete his stunt during the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Mitchie Brusco, 15, celebrates after his run in the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Jake Brown performs a flip as the Goodyear Blimp passes over the MegaRamp during practice for the Skateboard Big Air elimination competition at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Taka Higashino of Japan celebrates his run that helped him win the gold medal Thursday in the Moto X freestyle final at the X Games at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Taka Higashino of Japan soars upside down over a jump to take the gold medal in the Moto X freestyle final at the X Games Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Levi Sherwood of New Zealand performs a trick high over a jump to earn the silver medal in the Moto X freestyle final at the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Tom Schaar completes a 900-degree stunt off the MegaRamp while competing in the Big Air elimination, making it through to the next round at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Mitchie Brusco celebrates landing a 900 off the MegaRamp during the Skateboard Big Air elimination heat in the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mitchie Brusco flips his board high off the MegaRamp and lands the jump during the Skateboard Big Air elimination heat in the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Freestyle rider Taka Higashino flies upside down over a jump at the Staples Center on Thursday during practice for the Moto X freestyle final at the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Blake "Bilko" Williams of Australia does a cliff-hanger upside down over a jump at the Staples Center during practice for the Moto X freestyle final Thursday at the X Games in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Charles Michael "Bucky" Lasek, center, professional skateboarder and rallycross driver, poses with Bryan Gomez, 10, left, and Kyle Peterson, 10, both of Santa Clarita, at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

BMX Freestyle rider Zach Warden flies through the air during practice at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

BMX rider Kevin Robinson performs a stunt off the MegaRamp during practice at the X Games on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Holding a GoPro camera, pro skateboarder Andy MacDonald of San Diego soars high over an obstacle while practicing for the X Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Macdonald / Allen J. Schaben

Skateboarder Tom Schaar, 12, practices for the big air skateboard competition at the X Games on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

With the JW Marriott Hotel in the background, skateboarder Lincoln Ueda descends with his board high over the MegaRamp during X Games practice Wednesday,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Skateboarder Tom Schaar, 12, rides the elevator up for skateboard practice at the X Games on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

BMX freestyle rider Zack Warden performs a back-flip bike flip over a 55-foot gap off the Big Air Ramp at L.A. Live during practice Wednesday for the X Games Los Angeles 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Chad Kagy soars high off the MegaRamp during practice for the BMX big air competition in the X Games Los Angeles, which starts Thursday at L.A. Live.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Skateboarder Jake Brown drops in on the 60-foot Big Air Ramp at L.A. Live during practice Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Pro skateboarder Andy Macdonald of San Diego soars high over a gap while practicing for the skateboard park competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Pro skateboarder Jake Brown takes a 60-foot roll-in to the MegaRamp during practice for the skateboard big air competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Pro skateboarder Mitchie Brusco from Kirkland, Wash., soars high off the MegaRamp during practice for the skateboard big air competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

BMX freestyle rider Andy Buckworth performs on the quarterpipe at L.A. Live during practice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times

Lincoln Ueda rotates high over the MegaRamp during practice for the Skateboard Big Air competition in the X-Games Los Angeles on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mitchie Brusco, from Kirkland, Wash., soars high off the MegaRamp during practice for the Skateboard Big Air competition in the X-Games Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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