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Thousands come downtown for X Games kickoff

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Dave Doolittle

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 5, 2014

Update 10:15 p.m.: ESPN says more than 12,000 people attended the competitions and events during the X Games downtown.

Earlier: As many as 3,000 people have arrived at Congress Avenue and 10th Street in Downtown Austin for the first of the X Games Austin competitions.

Kicking things off at 5 p.m. is Tony Hawk and other skateboard and BMX riders, including Mat Hoffman, Neal Hendrix and Kevin Robinson.

Hawk, 46, who is retired from competitive skating, is taking his demonstration around the world, making his first stop in Austin.

Among the crowd was 11-year-old Luke Dickerson of Kansas, who came down with his family specifically for the X Games as a birthday present. He turned 11 Wednesday.

Dickerson said he skates a little bit, including on a half pipe as high as the one set up in Downtown Austin.

Thursday evening’s events kick off four days of competition in Austin. Also Thursday are the skateboard vert finals and BMX vert finals.

The rest of the competition, including Moto X, other skateboard events, rally and stadium super truck racing, will be at Circuit of the Americas in Southeast Travis County.