X Games 16 Hosts Xceptional Athletes – Adaptive Athletes Return To Moto X Competition In LA – X Games News
July 23, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA - The folks from Adaptive Action Sports (AAS) are proud to be bringing adaptive events back to X Games 16 in Los Angeles Angeles on July 29-31. Skate and wheelchair disciplines, along with the Moto X Super X competition are set to return with adaptive athlete classes. “Our mission is to raise the ability of, and the opportunity for, permanently disabled individuals to participate in action sports,” explains AAS co-founder Daniel Gale.
“We strive to raise the level of expectation, and respect for the abilities and potential of adaptive individuals,” adds Gale of the non-profit organization’s mission. “This attitudinal change will be experienced within both the adaptive and non-adaptive community.” Speaking of attitude, don’t look for the Adaptive athletes to get cut any slack… they race on the exact same track as the pros in the Moto X Super X racing! In fact, defending Moto X Adaptive racing champ Chris Ridgway’s (#181) times at X Games 15 would have put him right in the mix with the pro field. Look for Ridgway to “adapt” to the new track and put in the same sort of blistering pace he was on last summer at the Carson Center.
Hosted in the same historic stadium that was home to both the 1932 Summer Olympic Games and the original Super Bowl Of Motocross, the Los Angeles Coliseum will feature two classes of Adaptive motocross racing. According to AAS, both amputee and athletes living with paralysis will medal in X Games 16 Moto X Super X racing (formerly known as Moto X Racing). Paralyzed riders will be defined as a rider who is strapped down to their bike. The top two riders of each class from X Games 15 were automatically qualified for X Games 16 in Los Angeles, so that means Ridgway and runner-up Mike Schultz were invited, while fan favorites like Ricky James (#824) and Ranel Cox had to qualify for a spot in the field via the Extremity Games.
Don’t miss Super X adaptive along with Moto X Freestyle, Men’s and Women’s Super X and Skateboard Big Air on Thursday, July 29 at the LA Coliseum. Tickets are only $16 and available at www.ticketmaster.com/xgames.
For more on the adaptive activities at X Games 16, check out Adaptive Action Sports Facebook page. You can also follow along on Twitter, or visit the website at www.adacs.org for details on all the work that AAS does.
In addition to the Moto X Super X competition for men’s, women’s and the adaptive athletes classes, the stadium will also host the fastest event of X Games, Rally Car SuperRally in, and around, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum… including the infamous “peristyle jump” from the top of the historic entrance to the stadium floor! Above and beyond the high-flying motorized action, BMX Freestyle Big Air, Skateboard Big Air and Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam competition will also be housed at the same facility. The human-powered flights of fancy should rival the MX bikes as the athletes will be launching over massive 50- and 70-foot gaps into a 27-foot quarterpipe that has been specially constructed for X Games 16.
X Games 16 Competition Schedule:
The X Games makes its eight appearance in Los Angeles July 29-August 1 with events staged at the STAPLES Center, the Nokia Theatre (across the street from the STAPLES Center), and the Event Deck at LA Live. To purchase X Games 16 tickets ( Click). Ticket prices range from $9 – $40, depending on the venue, with seats for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum costing a flat $16 for the Moto X Super X Men’s, Women’s and Adaptive Racing, BMX Freestyle Big Air, Skateboard Big Air, Skateboard Big Air Rail Jam and Rally Car Racing.
X Games 16 Discount Group Tickets Available:
There will be a 10% discount on all ticket orders of 50 or more for a single day at the Coliseum.
Groups purchasing 500 tickets or more for a single day at the Coliseum may be eligible for a :30 Jumbotron spot, as long as the company does not categorically conflict with an X Games sponsor.
To purchase group sales tickets
(more than 10 tickets for a single event), contact:
Director, Group Sales
AEG, STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center & L.A. Kings
X Games 16 On TV
More than 20 hours of live X Games 16 programming will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC – all showcased in high-definition and airing July 29-August 1. Don’t forget X Games Online: ESPN International, Xgames.com, ESPN Classic, ESPN3.com, SportsCenter, and ESPN2′s X Center will also provide coverage. For additional X Games 16 info, go to www.xgames.com