The notoriously contrived, made-for-television X Games finally get real.
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Dispatches, September 1998
Some might call it hype. But the next time a 110-foot snow cone towers over balmy San Diego, we challenge you not to gawk — which is exactly what 15,000 fans did when a wood chipper spit 20 tons of ice onto a massive refrigerated carpet for the staging of the Big Air snowboarding event at the X Games in June. “The stuff they used last year
Rippey’s generous appraisal of this year’s props applied equally to the competitors, many of whom logged some refreshingly impressive performances in the Games’ cornucopia of events. Bicycle stunt rider Dave Mirra, 24, twisted his way through a series of flashy midair contortions on the vert ramp to snatch three gold medals. And after injuring both ankles in pre-event practice,