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X-Games showcase world best extreme athletes

February 8th, 2007

There is only one place where you can find more than 250 of the worlds most extreme athletes competing for what to some shines brighter than an Olympic gold metal in their sport.

This, of course, is the Winter X Games.

From January 25-28, the Winter X Games 11 was held again in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado at Buttermilk Mountain.

With over 69,650 energetic fans, concerts were given by some of the biggest celebrities such as Paul Wall.

Five full days of live ESPN coverage nothing can compare to such an intense weekend of fanatical and dare deviling sports.

This is the Woodstock for extreme sports fans!

“Records will be broken and tricks unveiled as athletes accept inherent risk in the name of progress,” stated the Los Angeles Times.

“This is what the X Games are all about, but this year they’re about even more, at least as far as the marquee sport of snowboarding is concerned.”

The most watched event at the X Games for the past few years has been the Men’s Snowboard Super Pipe.

With 20 of the top pipe riders in the world this two-day event was packed with surprises.

I was fortunate to have a front row view for this event for the second year in a row.
In 2006, my younger brother, Louie Vito, was seated in second place after the first day of competition and finished with a fifth place metal in his first appearance in the X Games.

However, while many of us are slaving away at John Carroll writing papers and studying for tests, there are four riders that are still in their teenage years competing in the Games.

They are known in the snowboard world as “The Four Young Guns.”

They do not have the pressures of schoolwork mounted on their backs like we do.
Instead, they have the pressures of being the best and landing their runs.

They hope to win so they can take home the gold medals each week for not only themselves, their fans and the companies that they represent.

The four riders that are still teenagers and are known throughout the world as the “Young Guns” of the snowboarding halfpipe world are Danny Davis, Michael Goldschmidt, Scotty Lago and Louie Vito.

They are young and talented and can be seen on and off the slopes together.

These 2010 Olympic hopefuls have all made it to the top in many contests before, but this year it was an upset when not one of them made it into the finals.

It is said by many that these young riders are the future of snowboarding.