For Immediate Release August 5, 2006
STEAMER ROLLS TO THREE-PEAT IN WOMEN’S SKATEBOARD STREET
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.