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X Games Qualifier Swells Downtown Boise With Weekend Competition

Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio
Skateboarder Clay Kreiner from South Carolina at the X Games in Boise Friday afternoon.

This is the second year in a row the X Games qualifier is in Boise, two years after Rhodes Park reopened. More than 50 athletes are competing in skateboard, BMX and motorcycle racing events.

During Friday's elmination round of the men's skateboarding competition, Boise’s only athlete in the games – Dalton Beeson – drew big applause during his first run.

In 45 seconds, Beeson zooms back and forth and up and down the pipes at Rhodes Park – a park he’s accustomed to riding. Last year Beeson finished 11th at the qualifier event. The top six skateboarders will head to Minneapolis in July for the X Games finals.

Tickets for the bleacher seats at Rhodes Park are sold out Saturday, but if you don’t mind stretching your legs there’s standing room at the park on a first-come-first-serve basis. The women’s skateboard final is at 12:30 p.m. while the men’s skate final is at 2:30 p.m. BMX athletes will battle at 4:30 p.m. You can also stream the competition here.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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