AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAnd Brandon “Bam” Margera, whose only appearance in the past three X Games was to watch the competition (where he was mobbed), has made a handsome living skating for his “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam” television and movie products. Or there’s Danny Way, who competes in only one event at the X Games, an event he designed: Big Air. Otherwise, Way is selling videos of his July jump over the Great Wall of China. And he will be selling clips of future tricks from helicopters and megaramp jumps. “In our sport, you can succeed without making competitions,” Hawk, 35, said recently. “It does not have to be the X Games. “Someone like Bam has worked hard. There’s a lot of opportunities in our sport to do other things than go to competitions. If someone wants to go to competitions, they can. If they don’t want to, they don’t have to.” People may not necessarily pay to watch Jordan play pick-up basketball, but 10,000 people crowded into most East Coast arenas last fall to watch Tony Hawk’s demonstration tour, the Boom Boom HuckJam. There have been other tours where athletes have been paid for doing demonstrations, too. In an ironic twist, the “anti-team” athletes from action sports can do just fine “retiring” from their sport and still stay active. Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk retired from competition four years ago, yet thousands of people still pay to see him ride his skateboard. Sergie Ventura has not competed in the X Games in more than five years, but he was sent to the hospital in 2005 for falling off a megaramp in front of thousands of paying fans. “I still get hyped,” said Ventura, 33, who is known most for his ability to soar off a skateboard ramp. “I’m still living my dream. As long as I keep my skills, I’ll keep doing my stuff.” Hawk says he will stay on his skateboard forever, riding on his own, and in front of others, he says, until his skills have deteriorated beyond what he thinks is satisfactory for him. “It was not happening for me,” Ventura said of deciding to skip the X Games. “So, I did other things. Yes, I miss it, but I do so many other things other than the X Games. I have other events that give me more publicity than the X Games ever did, because in the X Games, if you don’t get in the Top 3, what’s the point? The seven other guys are ripping it just hard. If you’re going to do it, do justice and promote all 10.” Ventura also said it is too hard to train for demos and other projects and also do competitions. “In competition, your mentality is, straight up, block everything out, keep your line down, get your tricks down,” he said. “(Demos) are fun. You’re laughing and talking and joking as we go over each other (on tricks). The atmosphere is a lot different. “I keep hanging out with my friends, having fun with the sport and laughing. I would rather skate with friends than by myself for 45 seconds (in a competition). Physically, I’m already giving it my all.” Because action sports is not all about competition, it makes it hard to prove who might be the best. It’s not like in other pro sports where you would have to play at that level to make the hall of fame. Pierre Luc Gagnon was probably the best vert skateboarder in 2005. But was he truly the best? “There are guys in the industry that are just as gnarly,” Ventura said. “There is way more. There is way more people and they don’t need competitions.” The field for six Winter X Games disciplines have been set. Motocross best trick, men’s and women’s slopestyle, men’s and women’s snowboarder X and Snocross have completed their fields for Winter X Games 10, to be held Jan. 28-31 at Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. The athletes were selected by a sport-specific committee. The only exception is that each gold medalist from Winter X Games Nine received an automatic invitation to compete. Twenty-four spots have yet to be determined. Thirteen received berths in multiple disciples. Top competitors include Shaun White in snowboard slopestyle, Mason Aguirre in men’s super halfpipe, Tanner Hall in men’s skiing superpipe and slopestyle; Danny Kass in snowboard slopestyle and super halfpipe; Hana Beaman, Torah Bright, Tara Dakides and Hannah Teter in women’s snowboard slopestyle and super halfpipe; Nate Adams, Kenny Bartram, Chuck Carothers, Brian Deegan, Ronnie Faisst, Mike Metzger and Jeremy Stenberg in motocross best trick; Janna Meyen, Leanne Pelosi and Chanelle Sladics in women’s snowboard slopestyle; Molly Aguirre, Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark in women’s snowboard super halfpipe; and D.J. Eckstrom in snowcross. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Jordan, Mark McGwire and Jerry Rice cannot go out on to their respective playing surfaces and expect to be paid. The athletes, all destined to the pro halls of fame in their respective sports, will probably never earn another dime for playing in an NBA Final (Jordan), hitting a 500-foot home run in the World Series (McGwire) or catching a pass in a Super Bowl (Rice). They can – and have – earned money from endorsement deals, commercials and appearances.
December 29, 2019
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