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China's X-Gamers

April 20, 2011

As the Asia X-Games comes to Shanghai, we introduce some of China's contenders

  • Text by Toby Skinner

Guest feature by Charlotte Middlehurst

Who: Diao Yue aka ‘Black Skates’, 24, Beijing.
Years training:
11.
Category:
Aggressive in-line.
Hero:
Takeshi Yasutoko (Japan).
Trophies
Gold medal of the Anta Sports China Xcellent (2005); silver medal at the China Master Competition (2007)
He says
: "I started skating when I was 10 or 11. The foreign aggressive in-line scene is very strong and has a history. In Asia there’s a gap to fill. I’d like to be the pioneer of professional inline skating in China."


Who:
Yang Yun Dong (Dong Dong) aka ‘White Snakes’, 24, Beijing.
Years training:
12.
Category
: Aggressive in-line.
Hero
: Stephane Alfano (France).
Trophies:
Gold medal at the Action Sports Championship China (2006); silver medal in Vert at the National Aquatic Sports (2010).
He says:
"Back in 1995, when I was nine years old, I watched aggressive sports on TV and saw these skaters fly through the air; I wanted to experience that feeling. In Beijing people skateboard much earlier, as do in-liners. Numbers have grown since the Woodward Stadium opened (in May 2010). In Shanghai, there are more BMXers."


Who:
Shen Jian, 24, Shanghai.
Years training:
Six.
Category:
BMX.
Hero:
George Jackson (Australia).
Trophies
Rookie first (2005) and champion of the street course (2007) at the Huzhou Extreme Sport Competition.
He says
: "I first decided to BMX after seeing the LG Action Sports Championships live in 2004. I bought my first BMX in 2005. I like free-riding all over the city. In winter when people stay indoors I cycle alone. But in summer people tend to ride with me."


Who:
Wang Guo Hua, 21, Hangzhou.
Years training:
Five.
Category:
Skateboard.
Hero:
Christ Cole (USA).
Trophies:
Gold (Nanjing, 2010) and silver (Guangzhou, 2010) at the China X-Games.
He says:
"In Hangzhou there are many amateur skateboarders, although there are more BMXers and fewer inline skaters. While it’s mostly men, there are four or five women skateboarders in Hangzhou."


Who: Sun Xiao Long, 28, Shenyang.
Years training:
Ten.
Category:
Skateboard and snowboard.
Heroes: Andrew Reynolds (USA) and Luan Oliveira (Brazil).
Trophies
: First place at An Shan LiaoNing Elite Competition (2005); second place at Dalian Skateboard Elite Competition (2006).
He says
: "X sports are my life. I train for three or four days a week. At home the scene is small. I love Shanghai. Here you have so many skateboarders, around 10,000, plus 200 to 300 internationals; it’s like a big family.’"

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