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X GAMES Who's Phat in Philly?



Published: Fri, August 17, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Four athletes to watch at this week's 2001 X-Games in Philadelphia.

Tony Hawk -- Skateboarding. Unquestioned king of aggressive sports -- an absolute legend. Recently selected "Favorite Male Sports Star" on Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. Hawk, 33, runs several business ventures as well. Rarely skates competitively, but will compete in the "Vert Best Trick" competition in Philly. Completed the first ever 900 at the 1999 X-Games in San Francisco. Married with two kids and lives in San Diego.

Dave Mirra -- Freestyle Biking. Most decorated athlete in X-Games history with 12 medals in 12 events coming into 2001 (nine gold, three silver). "Best athlete in aggressive sports right now and at the top of his game," said ESPN's Josh Krulewitz. "He's a star." Has several sponsorships including AT & amp;T and Burger King. Mirra, 27, is single and lives in Greenville, N.C.

Fabiola Da Silva -- Inline skating. Most recognizable female inline skater in the world. Originator of the "Fabiola Rule," which allows females to compete with men. Has placed in men's top 10 several times. Da Silva, 22, is single and lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Rob Struharik -- Wakeboarding. This 20-year-old Boardman native finished a personal-best sixth at the 1998 X Games. He didn't finish in the top eight this year. Recently moved to Florida, wakeboarding's mecca. Involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and holds a chapel service at each tour stop. "Wakeboarding is not who we are," he said on EXPN.com, "it's just something we do."

Source: EXPN.com




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