Jim DeChamp Attempts First Motocross Front Flip At X-Games, Fractures Vertebra
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The X-Games Were Extreme(ly Painful)

8/5/08 in X Games   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Some of you, by which I mean none of you, probably watched the X-Games. And while I have great respect for many of our extreme athletes, the level of innovation that goes on in some of these events is borderline scary. Remember when doing a backflip on a motocross bike was considered nuts? In all honesty, you probably don't, but the first one was landed in 2000...and left the guy with a compressed spine.

Anyway, I bring this up because Jim DeChamp tried to do the first front flip on a motorbike in X-Games history this past weekend, and it did not go well.



All he wound up with was a fractured vertebra, which is like getting your knee skinned if you're an extreme athlete, so everything's cool.

DeChamp lay still for a few minutes before walking off under his own power. What television viewers and those in attendance didn't see was DeChamp collapsing afterward in the athlete area.

"He said, 'Look, I've got to get up, I'm going to walk out of here,' " said Pastrana, who was by his side. "Then, he's like, 'cameras off?' I said, 'Yep,' and he just fell down and said, 'Take me to the hospital.'
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By the way, I hate to say this, but DeChamp has had some past experiences doing similar things, as evidenced by this front flip attempt on a bike below which somehow looks even worse.



I hate to say it, but at some point, someone's going to get paralyzed or die at the X-Games. Jake Brown had that horrible fall last year and we had DeChamp with a fractured vertebra this year. And by the way, I'm not a doctor, but I will say this. Neither Brown nor DeChamp should ever in a million years have been allowed to walk off under their own power. They should have been put on stretchers.

But whatever, enough of my less than extreme attitude. Let's crush some vertebra, brah!

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With Leather and The Sporting Blog]
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4/3/09   |   twolfcub1

actually not just to RichmondSpider its to everybody who dosent like motocross!

4/3/09   |   twolfcub1

TO:RichmondSpider
 You have ur hobbies and they have there's and they make money for there hobbies. so......... like stick a sock in it !!! or get a cool hobby that makes money

8/5/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Boski93 wrote:

It was just like Casablanca but with skateboards.

and less good. but other than that, totally identical.

8/5/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:


Epicness. A Gleaming the Cube reference.

It was just like Casablanca but with skateboards.

8/5/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Boski93 wrote:
Sometime you gleam the cube and sometime the cube gleams you.



Epicness. A Gleaming the Cube reference.

8/5/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Sometime you gleam the cube and sometime the cube gleams you.

8/5/08   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

RichmondSpider wrote:
So... stupidity, drugs or a combination of the two?  You be the judge.

 It's the "RockStar"...It's like "Meth" in a 16oz. can.

8/5/08   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

 Someone's going to get hurt....I mean theses guys are super talented, but really crazy. I love to watch it, but I turn away a lot too...I guess when you're young, there is no pain...

8/5/08   |   RichmondSpider

So... stupidity, drugs or a combination of the two?  You be the judge.