Jagger Eaton, 11, to compete at X Games
May, 26, 2012
By Keith Hamm | ESPN.com
The X Games has invited 11-year-old skateboarder Jagger Eaton to compete on its biggest stage in Los Angeles in June.
Eaton, who would be the youngest athlete in the event's history, learned he will have the opportunity to drop into the monolithic MegaRamp during the Skateboard Big Air contest.
Trey Wood, also 11, has been invited to compete as well.
The two grade-schoolers, who check in at about 80 pounds each, will join 12-year-old Tom Schaar, 14-year-old Alex Sorgente and 15-year-old Mitchie Brusco as five of the 18 athletes invited to skate in Big Air -- an event that features a steep roll-in followed by a jump over a 70-foot gap to a 27-foot quarterpipe, pioneered by skateboard legend Danny Way.
"I got the invite from X Games like two days ago," Eaton told ESPN on Friday. "It made me feel amazing. I just want to go out there and have fun. I feel ready to go. I'll try a few tricks."
If all goes as planned and Eaton competes, he'll be about four months younger than defending Skateboard Street gold medalist Nyjah Huston was when he competed in 2006 as the youngest athlete in X Games history. Wood will be two months older than Huston was.