Friday, May 16, 2008

More Great Moments in Sports From a Non-Fan

Sometime in 1999 I was in a hotel room somewhere with the X Games on in the wee hours of the morning. I'm not a sports fan by any means, of anything, but every once in a while you see something like this...

During the 1999 X Games Best Skateboard Trick competition, Tony Hawk decided to go for a trick that had never been done in competition before: landing a 900 degree rotation on a skateboard. His first attempt failed, but everyone knew what he was going for. His allotted time was technically over, but the competition ground to a complete halt as he attempted the 900 10 times in a row, slamming painfully to his knees with each failed attempt as his competitors gathered to cheer him on and the supportive crowd got wilder and wilder.

On his 11th attempt, Hawk landed the trick and everything went crazy. Allotted time or not, his fellow skaters immediately declared him the competition's winner.


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