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The most prestigious event in action sports has arrived in the form of X Games California 2023 and the best athletes in skateboarding and BMX will be looking to take home the gold.
Competitors from previous X Games competitions in the United States and Japan, as well as Olympic medalists, make up some of the most talented fields in the event’s history.
Fans can follow along with the athletes on a variety of platforms as the event will be televised on traditional television and streamed on a number of different sites and apps, leaving them with no excuses when it comes to checking out the amazing performances of the most good things in the world.
Dates: Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23
Television: ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2
Transmission: ESPN+, YouTube, Twitch and XGames.com
Wednesday, July 19 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m., ESPN 2)
Road to the X Games: Trending Moments 2023
Thursday, July 20 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m., ESPN)
Monster Energy BMX MegaPark, Monster Energy Skateboard MegaPark
Friday, July 21 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m., ESPN)
Skateboard Vert For Men BMX Street (Replay) Moto X Best Trick
Saturday, July 22 (1:00 – 6:00 p.m., ABC)
Women’s Skateboard Street Thayers BMX Dirt Pacifico Vert Mens Skateboard (Repeat) Moto X QuarterPipe High Air Men’s Skateboard Park Best Thayers BMX Dirt Trick Women’s Skateboard Vert
Saturday, July 22 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m., ESPN 2)
BMX Park, Thayers BMX Dirt Best Trick (replay), Men’s Skateboard Street Best Trick, Moto X Whip
Sunday, July 23 (1:00 – 6:00 p.m., ABC)
Women’s Skateboard Park Best Trick Dave Mirra BMX Park Men’s Skateboard Street Best Vert Skateboard Trick
Stars to watch
The Men’s Skateboard Park event could be the most stacked event of the year, with Aussie Kieran Woolley looking to defend his X Games medal.
On his way to the top spot are three skateboarding medalists from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: fellow Australian Keegan Palmer, Pedro Barros of Brazil and Cory Juneau of the United States.
Reigning world champion Jagger Eaton will also provide stiff competition. Jagger, the youngest X Games competitor in the event’s history when he debuted in 2012 at age 11, is a prodigy and one of the hottest competitors in the sport.
A first-place finisher at the X Games in Chiba, Japan in 2022, he poses perhaps the biggest threat to Woolley’s ability to leave Ventura with his second win at the event.
At just 15 years old, X Games gold medalist and Olympic silver medalist Rayssa Leal will be looking to defend her title from Chiba in 2022 at the conclusion of Skateboard Street. Like Woolley, the competition is anything but light, including three-time gold medalist Aori Nishimura of Japan.
Barring a misstep, Leal should reach the podium, but Liz Akama of Japan, Chloe Covell of Australia and Olympic medalist Nishiya Momiji of Japan will make it as difficult as possible for her to continue her climb. her meteoric rise in sports.