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Bikes Over Baghdad

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

The first bike is given to a soldier the guys met at lunch yesterday, who told them he grew up riding at Chenga World Skate Park in Ohio, which is owned by flatland rider Scott Powell. The second bike goes to Specialist E4 Marco Groan, a soldier from Riverside, Calif., who grew up riding dirtbikes and skateboarding and is nearly hoarse from all the screaming he's done for the past two hours. "I can't wait to ride this around base," he whispers after the show.