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Mimi Knoop didn't drop in on a halfpipe until she was 24 years old. "I was a late bloomer," she says. No kidding. But her trajectory to the top followed the same general curve of the vert ramp, and now it's straight up.
With a Real Women's video part in the bag and plans to skate the first ever X Games Women's Skateboard Park event in Barcelona this month, she finds herself in the running for her sixth and seventh career X Games medals. Not that she's counting.
XGames.com: What was your last video part before the Real Women one?
Did you like working on it or did it make you realize why you hadn't done it before?
I learned more in the last year than I've learned in the past few years, just from filming. Even if you get a slam it's cool because at least you'll be able to use it for something.
|Not only does Knoop have five X Games Vert medals, she's won the Pro-tec Pool Party twice.|
I heard you were a late addition to the series.
What were the rules for what you could use for a part?
Were there any gripes about Real Women being a multi-sport thing instead of being all skate, or all snow, because it's hard to judge who is killing it the hardest?
I think the snowboarders might have the advantage because it's easier to do flashy moves.
Did you film at the places you usually skate?
Yeah, I usually skate the Combi and Bucky [Lasek] and Tony [Hawk]'s. I just started skating the DC ramp at the end of last year and then I got hurt.
|Knoop will be a force to contend with when Women's Skateboard Park makes its X Games debut in Barcelona.|
I was skating the Combi and went to do a boneless through one of the corners in the square and I pulled out too far from the wall. I landed super low and ended up folding my foot and tearing a ligament in my ankle. And I did something to the nerve. I'm still recovering and have no feeling in my foot when I skate.
Has it been improving though?
And now Barcelona is coming up. Would you say you've been training for it?
You already have five X Games medals in Vert, any golds?
Injured or not, you're due for a win.
Do you think you're a better bowl skater or vert skater?
Who is the Pedro Barros of women's bowl skating?
There are a couple of girls that are just really exciting to watch. Lizzie Armanto has been out there and competing the last few years and really excelling. Nora Vasconcellos is kind of newer to the scene but is extremely talented. She just won our girl's Combi event this past winter.
Then there's also Alana Smith who is insane. From Phoenix Am to the Mega Ramp, she can do everything. It's a new time for girls' skateboarding; it's going to be awesome for the world to see them.
Vote now for your favorite in the X Games Real Women contest and stay tuned to XGames.com to find out the judges' favorite and fan favorite during X Games Barcelona, taking place May 16-19.