Saturday, August 04, 2007

Skateboarder Survives Forty-Foot Fall In Competition

I am a surfer, and an ex-skateboarder. I admire men who lay it all on the line.

If you surf the web, you will see why I believe that skateboarding is among the most "extreme" and brave sports in the world. Men literally, and I have known them personally, get their balls crushed, competing in this sport.

I, personally, was never such a daredevil.

Check out this article, and try to imagine yourself, getting up and walking away from this.

You want to tell me America does not have the balls of past generations?


Here are our warriors.

Let us wake them up!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The slam of the skateboarder's body against the ramp caused a collective shudder among X Games spectators and had Web video watchers gasping Friday morning.
Jake Brown fell flailing and helpless for about 40 feet on the skateboard big air mega ramp during his fifth and final run Thursday night.

Brown bruised his lung and liver and remained in the intensive care unit at California Hospital Medical Center on Friday night, X Games officials said.

"He's in stable condition," hospital spokeswoman Katreena Salgado said.

After pulling off a difficult 720 over the ramp's 70-foot gap, he launched up the adjacent quarterpipe and immediately lost control. Plunging face first, his legs pedaling wildly, Brown turned over in the air and landed on his tailbone, with his head and limbs hitting soon after.
He slid limply down the last few feet of ramp and lay motionless for nearly five minutes.
The crack echoed into box seats at the top of the Staples Center.

Fans and fellow competitors worried Brown could be paralyzed or worse, and Bob Burnquist, the only competitor with a run remaining, said he thought seriously about just letting Brown, who was in first place, have the gold.

When Brown finally showed signs of stirring, the tension broke. Five minutes later, he walked away.

Vert skaters typically don't wear pads on their lower back and tailbone, but in the super-risky Big Air event many wear gear similar to body armor.