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The Step-Up Breakdown

Updated: May 11, 2007, 8:50 PM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky

If freestyle is the favorite son in the X Games family, Moto X Step-Up is the redheaded stepchild. Two-time event medalist Jeremy McGrath says he's sure the moto/high jump hybrid was almost phased out before an instant-classic showdown between himself and Matt Buyten in 2004 revived interest. But in the end, "It's not as exciting as a 360 or double backflip," concedes Brian Deegan. But that doesn't make it less challenging. "It's a weird technique," says Deegan. "If you bring all the freestylers ...

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