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X Games 11 - Experience Steam-Rolls Competition

Elissa Steamer, still the best

By ESPN Press Release

X Games 11 - Experience Steam-Rolls Competition

L to R, Marissa Del Santo (Bronze), Elissa Steamer (Gold), Evelien Bouilliart (Silver), Women's Skateboard Street Competition, ESPN X Games 11

Photo Credit: Bryce Kanights/Shazamm/ESPN Ima
Updated August 07, 2005
LOS ANGELES – There is a lot to be said for experience.

And Elissa Steamer’s performance in Friday’s Skateboard Street Women’s final at X Games 11 was no exception. The 30-year-old from San Francisco, Calif., who is the oldest competitor in the eight-person field, easily captured the gold medal following a consistent and entertaining performance in the jam session.

“I have been skating as long as some of these girls have been alive,” Steamer said after securing back-to-back victories. “I probably could have done a lot better, but if I had to pick one trick it would be my Ollie over the nine-stair rail.

Evelien Bouilliart (Aalter-Oost, Vlaanderen, Belgium) earned a second-place finish with a strong effort in the rail section. “The rail session was my favorite; I really got into that one,” said Bouilliart.

Marissa Del Santo (Napperville, Ill.) nailed a Backside Lipslide down the handrail during the third session rail jam to secure the bronze position.

“I have been practicing the past 7-8 years and I skate every day,” she said.

ESPN X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games 11 is being held August 4-7 in Los Angeles and airing live on ESPN, ABC and ESPN Deportes. Its venues include STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Long Beach Marine Stadium for Wakeboard and Puerto Escondido, Mexico for Surfing. All competitions at STAPLES Center and The Home Depot Center are ticketed events, which can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. X Games will remain in Los Angeles through 2009.

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