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X GAMES Los Angeles starts today

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ESPN X Games Los Angeles begins today at L.A. Live and Irwindale Event Center. It will host competitions in BMX, Skateboard, Moto X and Rally Car. There is also a festival outside each event called X Fest. This is Los Angeles' last year hosting the event and the last of the 6 events hosted in 2013.

Who are the athletes to watch this year?

Many eyes are on X Games veteran Bucky Lasek, as he attempts to take Gold in the Skateboard Vert competition. Lasek took Gold in that very competition for the first time this April while competing in X Games Brazil. Watch the set here. He then went on to hold the X Games Gold spot in both Barcelona and Munich. He has been on the list of top skateboarders in the world for 15 years and many are watching to see if he can win back to back to back...to back X Games Gold in the Vert competition.

Another big name to watch on the ramps, is Zack Warden competing for BMX Big Air Gold. In 2012 he set the Big Air ramp on fire with three tricks that had never been seen in that event. He broke new ground for Big Air in 2012 winning the Silver Medal. This year Warden took X Games BMX Big Air Gold in Brazil in April. He went on to X Games Barcelona and took the Gold once again in the same event. He will be the one to watch on the Big Air ramp.

Then there is X Games Moto X Freestyle, the exciting X Games event where all eyes are looking to the sky to see the high flying and daring tricks of the best riders in the world. The one to watch for that event? Japan's Taka Higashino. He was the X Games Moto X Freestyle Gold winner in 2012 after a stunning trick, The Rock Solid backflip. He is the rider to watch for fans and the rider to beat for X Games Moto X Freestyle athletes.

There are plenty more athletes to watch at X GAMES Los Angeles. This is the last year X Games will be hosted in Los Angeles after an eleven year run. It is sure to be an exciting, thrilling ride. Check out more news, buy tickets and get all the updates with ESPN and X Games at http://xgames.espn.go.com/

Head back here to see photos and updates on the event. See photos of last year's SKATEBOARD BIG AIR competitions. In 2011 Shaun White took X Games Gold on the vert ramp, check out photos from that event.

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