"World Of X Games" Game of Skate pregame
Welcome to Bristol, Connecticut
This week, "World Of X Games" brought eight of the world's top pro skateboarders to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, for the inaugural Game of Skate. Prior to the start of the event, the athletes got the grand tour of the campus, including the set of "SportsCenter." Clockwise from top left are Billy Marks, Shane O'Neill, Mike Mo Capaldi, Nyjah Huston, Tom Asta, Ronnie Creager (alternate), Brandon Westgate, PJ Ladd and Chris Cole.
Chris Cole snaps a quick ollie over the word SKATE outside a building on the ESPN campus.
This is "SportsCenter"
During the campus tour of ESPN, Chris Cole (left) and Mike Mo Capaldi take a moment to enjoy life on the "SportsCenter" set.
Chris Cole gets technical
An ESPN campus tour guide explains to Chris Cole how the lights on the floor are designed to come out of tiny holes drilled across the floor. Cole, in response, said the floor is smooth enough to be skateable.
Game of Skate invitee PJ Ladd takes a moment before practice to stretch out his lower back and hamstring muscles using a yoga pose known as standing separate leg.
Game of Skate
Flatground practice arrives at the ESPN campus on Thursday, and it gets heated very quickly.
The sole Australian in Game of Skate, 24-year-old Shane O'Neill keeps it mellow during practice Thursday. He also does a Blue Steel pose that would make Derek Zoolander proud.
Technical legend Ronnie Creager was invited to Game of Skate as an alternate, but he easily could take the win on any given day.
A raised platform was created to host the Game of Skate at the forefront of ESPN headquarters. Throughout the day, as employees passed by, final preparations were made at the event site.
"It's great to see X Games creating more skate events, especially different types, since skateboarding is so diverse. This being on the Bristol campus is just icing on the cake," Cole said.
New Jersey skate legend Tim O'Connor was invited to serve as event MC/chief heckler for Game of Skate. Soon to be a father of two, O'Connor's skateboarding hasn't slowed down. In fact, he's expanding his horizons into stand-up comedy.
A frontside flip from PJ Ladd during Game of Skate practice. Yes, the walkway between ESPN buildings was branded with the Game of Skate logo.
PJ Ladd has seen success at various Battle At The Berrics competitions, which he won in 2012 and 2013. Ladd is a semi-local to ESPN's Bristol campus, having grown up in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
Mike Mo Capaldi
Mike Mo Capaldi is interviewed by XGames.com's Chris Nieratko during Game of Skate practice.
Nyjah Huston enjoys a laugh during a lunch break at Game of Skate practice, as he sarcastically explains his plans to install laser beams in his outdoor pool.
Mike Mo Capaldi
How fast does Mike Mo push? Very fast. This is an inside look at a production shoot near the satellite farm on the ESPN campus.
Quick ledge ride down a big set of stairs from Nyjah Huston on the ESPN campus.
The eight Game of Skate invitees enjoy a ride through the satellite farm at the ESPN campus.
The parking blocks outside the main entrance at ESPN's campus make for perfect skate obstacles, and Chris Cole was determined to land a pivot to fakie on a pristine block. After a few minutes, the trick was pulled.
Tom Asta quietly killed it during practice all day long, and was eager to leave the ESPN campus so he could go bowling at the local bowling alley. True story.
Hippie hop from Nyjah Huston at the main entrance to ESPN during a mock chase with ESPN security.
While Nyjah went the hippie hop route at the ESPN main entrance, Chris Cole went ahead and boosted a straight up ollie over the exit gate. That is some pop.