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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Cara Berth Burnside Gold Medal Skateboard X-Games

A group of women skateboarders met with John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for content, on the eve of this year's X Games and made quite impression.

Cara Berth Burnside Gold Medal Skateboard X-Games
Cara-Beth Burnside poses with her gold medal after winning the Skateboard Vert Women's final at X Games 12 in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006.

Instead of a purse totaling $8,000 for women's Street and Vert, they got a deal that pays $15,000 for first, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third at this year's event. They also laid the groundwork for the women to get some TV time for the first time at next year's X Games.

"We just want to be heard," said Cara-Beth Burnside of Encinitas, Calif, the gold medalist in this year's Vert contest. "We believe in it (women's skateboarding) and we just want to make changes for the future so we can make sure there is a future."

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