X Games L.A. by the numbers
For the past 10 years, X Games has graced the city of Los Angeles every summer with wild new tricks, new stars and a generous handful of action sports progression in skateboarding, BMX, FMX and RallyCross. Later this week, X Games makes its final appearance in downtown Los Angeles, and to commemorate the final year of X Games Los Angeles, X Games Research assembled the following facts and figures from 11 years of X Games L.A.
Los Angeles, the Fountain of Youth
If you think X Games is all about the young, guess again. In 10 years of competition in L.A., athletes over the age of 40 have earned almost twice as many medals (21) as competitors under the age of 16 (12).
One and done? Nope.
Over the course of X Games history, 19 athletes earned gold before they were old enough to drive (under 16). So are these child prodigies one and done like a famous child actor? Nope. Almost 80 percent of them have gone on to earn another medal, and half have earned gold again.
The first time
Of the 23 first-time athletes who medaled at X Games L.A. in 2003, only two of them medaled again in 2012: Paul Rodriguez and Ryan Scheckler. (Sheckler earned gold in Skateboard Park at 13 years, 7 months, and is still the youngest gold medalist in history.)
Tried and true
Four athletes have competed in every X Games from 1995 though X Games Munich 2013: Rune Glifberg, Andy Macdonald, Bob Burnquist and Dennis McCoy. Two of them will keep their streaks going at X Games L.A.: Macdonald and Burnquist.
Third time's a charm
The average time it takes an X Games competitor to strike gold (if he or she is going to) is 3.1 years. But some competitors have had to wait a little longer for their golden glory. It took four competitors more than 10 years to earn their first:
Rune Glifberg (SKB): 14 years
Gary Young (BMX): 12 years
Kevin Robinson (BMX): 11 years
Jake Brown (SKB): 11 years
Big Air tweens
In 2012, three "tween" athletes (ages 10-12) competed in X Games L.A. Big Air: Tom Schaar (12 years, 9 months), Trey Wood (11 years, 9 months) and Jagger Eaton (11 years, 4 months). What is most impressive about this?
1. The Big Air drop-in is 65 feet to the transition. When you are only 4-foot-10, that's 13 times taller than you are.
2. No one under the age of 30 has won Big Air since it was added to the lineup in 2004.
Other tween facts
There have been 13 attempts by tweens to medal in X Games history. Only two have been successful: Alana Smith (X Games Barcelona 2013, SKB Park, 12 years, 6 months -- the youngest medalist in history) and Ayumi Kawasaki (1997, AIL Vert).
Famous L.A. tweens
Nyjah Huston: A prodigy, Huston's first X Games appearance came in 2006 at age 11; he held the title of youngest X Games athlete in history until L.A. 2012 (Jagger Eaton, 11 years, 4 months). After X Games Barcelona 2013, Huston, now 18, had seven X Games medals and counting.
Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana started her career the first year X Games came to L.A., in 2003. She has the most medals from L.A. of any woman (eight), and earned them all by the time she was 20.
While Travis Pastrana's accolades are many, his most distinguished year in L.A. came in 2006, when he won MTX Best Trick (first double backflip), MTX Freestyle and Rally Car Racing.
• Pastrana is one of three athletes in the history of the X Games to score the trifecta (along with Dave Mirra and Rodil de Araujo).
• He is the only one to do it in Los Angeles.
• He is the only one to do it in two different sports.
Only three disciplines will have been part of X Games L.A. every year from 2003 to 2013: Moto X Step Up, Moto X Freestyle and Skateboard Vert. So what are your chances of winning gold in one of these staple disciplines as a rookie? Check it out.
Skateboard Vert: No rookie has won since Tony Hawk won the first in 1995, although 60 have tried.
Moto X Freestyle: No rookie has won since Travis Pastrana won the first in 1999. Fifty have tried.
Moto X Step Up: Twenty-six rookies have tried, yet only five have been successful: Matt Buyten (2003), Ricky Carmichael (2008), Tommy Clowers (2000), Bryce Hudson (Foz 2013) and Jeremy McGrath (2004).
Aussies, Aussies, Aussies
In the 10 years that X Games has touched down in Los Angeles, only one country other than the USA has ever swept a podium: the Aussies in Moto X Best Trick (Jackson Strong, Cameron Sinclair and Josh Sheehan). Besides the Americans, the Australians have claimed the most medals at X Games L.A. with 43. Other countries in the medal count include Brazil (37) and Canada (26).