X Games 12

August 3-7

Staples Center & Home Depot Center

For Immediate Release August 5, 2006


Baker Becomes Youngest Medalist

LOS ANGELES – Elissa Steamer made more X Games history on Saturday, skating to an unprecedented third-straight X Games Women’s Skateboard Street gold medal.  As crowds packed The Home Depot Center, Steamer, silver-medalist Lauren Perkins and bronze medalist Lacey Baker wowed the crowds on their way to the podium.

“I didn’t think I would pull it off,” said Steamer of her historic win.  “I kinda blew it on my first run, but I was able to work my way up in the jam session, where I just got real loose. The stairs got me the gold.”

Needing to rally from the slow start, Steamer did just that and put together a strong overall ride that featured a kick flip backside heel slide, a frontside 50/50 and a nolli kick flip.  Steamer’s three-peat makes her the only woman to hang the Women’s Skateboard Street gold medal around her neck. The event debuted at the X Games in 2004.

In her silver-medal performance, Perkins flowed through the competition, sticking a number of tricks including the frontside heel slide, frontside 180, frontside 50/50.

The 14-year-old Baker impressed the crowd and her competitors throughout the afternoon’s event, becoming the youngest Women’s Skateboard Street medalist in X games history (a record previously held by Perkins).  The Covina, Calif. native stuck tricks including an ollie frontside board-slide over the rail, a hard flip over the stairs and a varial kick flip off the hip.



About X Games 12
The X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and new to this year’s lineup, Rally Car Racing.  ESPN and ABC will provide 14 hours of original LIVE X Games 12 programming from August 3-6. ESPN will also present four late-night highlight programs starting August 4, resulting in a total of 18 hours of original programming for X Games 12.  SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship news program, will report LIVE from X Games 12, with the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter featuring daily event coverage.

X games 12 venues include STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Puerto Escondido, Mexico for Surfing and Gorman, Calif. for parts of the Rally Car competition. X Games will remain in Los Angeles through 2009.

For Immediate Release August 3, 2006


LOS ANGELES –Cara-Beth Burnside put on another signature show Thursday afternoon at X Games 12, on her way to a second straight gold medal in the Women’s Skateboard Vert competition at X Games 12.

Fresh off her ESPY nomination for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, Burnside (Encinitas, Calif.) showed the crowd why she deserved that honor. Feeling a good vibe with the big crowd and loving the ramp, Burnside punctuated her medal-winning run with several Judo Airs, a Pop Tart Disaster and a Feeble To Fakie.

Mimi Knoops (Encinitas, Calif.), a multiple X Games medal-winner herself, took home the silver medal after three straight X Games Skateboard Vert Bronze medals (2003 – 2005). Knoops has a chance to take home another medal on Saturday in the Women’s Skateboard Street final.

Karen Jones (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the bronze medalist said, “It was a great vibe to skate with today’s group of women.  This is the biggest competition for women’s skateboard, and I am proud to take home bronze to Brazil.”