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Originally Published: May 16, 2003
By Chris Mitchell | EXPN.com

As the Alamodome filled with rollerblading's superfans, a tough decision was being made on the vert ramp. Europe's Taig Khris, who has spent the last few months in and out of surgery, solemnly opted to step down and let alternate Sven Boekhorst compete in his place. That decision would have a huge impact on the final results of the first event of the X Games Global Championship.

By the start of the comp, it was clear that the Yasutoko brothers, skating for Asia, would be hard to beat, thanks ...

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