ESPN’s Summer X Games, version 17 has descended upon Los Angeles, … and the world. Although Summer X Games 17 is based in Los Angeles, the ESPN franchise is truly global. Today was the opening press conference, hosted by Sal Masekela. Featured X Games athletes were introduced, including Travis Pastrana, Shaun White, Ashley Fiolek, Jamie Bestwick, Bob Burnquist, Tanner Foust, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Ryan Sheckler, and Carey Hart.
This video is part one of the press conference, featuring the introduction of these featured athletes. Coming up tomorow we’ll have videos from the press conference featuring AMA Women’s Motocross series leader and two-time MX champion Ashley Fiolek, who is also the defending Gold Medal holder in the Women’s X Games Supercross, and two other global franchises – Shaun White and Travis Pastrana.
Eight of the world’s best action sports athletes will be on hand to celebrate the kickoff of X Games 17. Of the athletes, one will be celebrating their 17th year of competing in the X Games, seven are defending gold medalists and many have completed XG history.
Shaun White – Shaun is a worldwide superstar who has parlayed his snowboarding and skateboarding talents into movie spots, frequent TV appearances, best-selling video games and roles with major companies. Known for record-breaking, White has the most gold (11) and overall medals (16) in Winter X history. He also has four X Games medals under his belt – one gold, two silver, and one bronze in Skateboard Vert. White has a number of ESPYs to his name with the Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete and four-time Best Male Action Sport Athlete Awards.
Travis Pastrana – The most decorated Moto X athlete in X Games history, Pastrana has 11 Moto X medals and four Rally Car Racing medals. Pastrana won an ESPY award for Best Male Action Sport Athlete in 2007 and was nominated again this year.
Jamie Bestwick – Nearly untouchable in the halfpipe, Bestwick has dominated Vert competition for much of the last decade, racking up seven X Games gold medals, becoming the only rider to four-peat in X Games BMX Vert history.
Bob Burnquist – One of just four athletes who has competed in all 17 X Games, Burnquist has earned 20 skateboard medals and returns to defend his Skateboard Big Air silver medal. Burnquist is also scheduled to compete in Skateboard Park for the first time since 1997.
Ashley Fiolek – Defending Moto X Racing Women’s champion, Fiolek is looking to three-peat this year at X Games 17. A two time AMA/WMX champion, Fiolek was also nominated for Best Female Action Sport Athlete at the 2011 ESPYs.
Tanner Foust – Foust has medaled in four of the five X Games he’s competed in, winning both Rally Car Racing and SuperRally last year. Stunt driver and host of Top Gear, Foust has focused on Rallycross, recently becoming the first American to win a European Rallycross Championship round.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon – Going for a four-peat at X Games 17, Gagnon is a fixture on the X Games podium with a total of 16 medals, including seven golds. Recently, Gagnon added KIA X Games Asia gold to his collection when he won the Skateboard MiniMega competition.
Ryan Sheckler – Three-time X Games gold medalist and youngest gold medalist in X Games history, Sheckler looks to defend his X Games 16 Skateboard Street gold this year.
L – R: Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sheckler, at opening press conference for X Games 17