The X Games to continue with its 13-year-tradition of holding a vert (a.k.a. halfpipe) competition for both skateboarding and BMX at the Summer X Games in Los Angeles in July.
In a press release, April 9th, ESPN explains that, “Over the past month ESPN has engaged in many conversations with the X Games BMX and Skateboard vert athletes in an attempt to transition the Vert discipline into one featuring a skatepark course design. While many athletes were initially receptive to the idea, the majority of them have indicated to ESPN that they would prefer to compete on a halfpipe.”
The move by ESPN to change-up the format and rid itself of the Vert Competition was speculated to be because it simply makes for poor TV viewership. People don’t like waiting for one skater to drop in, wait for their score, then another. It drags. Unless you’re an avid fan.
As for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games, what happens at the X Games in terms of Vert competitions or changes in format, will probably have an effect on what the antiquated IOC committee decides in terms of naming the events for skateboarding—which will most likely be a new Olympic sport (and unfortunately umbrella-ed under the Cycling Federation (because they both involve wheels)). By the way, Singapore has been announced as the official city of the inaugural YOG Games in 2010. Cities in the running for the first Winter YOG in 2012 include Harbin, China; Innsbruck, Austria; Kuopio, Finland; and Lillehammer, Norway. Announcement of the Winter YOG host city will take place in December, 2008.