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In her element

Vanessa Torres is in her element

Originally Published: July 28, 2011
By Mary Buckheit | Special to espnW

It says it right there, on her forearm: Vanessa Torres is an "Outlaw."

She took home gold in the first women's Skateboard Street contest in X Games history, in 2003 at the tender age of 17. After that, her intractable swazey on a stick trick and brash attitude led to a swift ascent in the skate world -- and to this description in The Orange County Register, Torres' hometown newspaper, in November 2007:

"Just 21, [Torres] is known as the bad girl of skateboarding. The table-flipping, ...

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