Alec Majerus, a 21-year old skateboarder from Rochester, highlights the first wave of athletes invited to compete in the X Games 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium and the Mall of America July 13-16.
Majerus grew up skating in basements and garages in Rochester and has emerged as one of the top athletes in his field. He won a bronze medal in Skateboard Street and also participated in the World of X Games Real Street competition last year.
U.S. Bank Stadium will host most events, with the exception of the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing, which will be held July 13 at MOA.
Other athletes invited to the competition include:
• Kyle Baldock (Gold Coast, Australia): The first BMX rider to win two gold medals in the same X Games event since 2006, Baldock has taken five total X Games golds, with one at X Games Austin 2016 in Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick. He added a bronze last year in BMX Park.
• Pamela Rosa (Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil): Rosa has taken X Games gold at the past two Skateboard Street competitions in Austin and Oslo. The youngest champion in the discipline, she also won back-to-back X Games Austin silver medals.
• Jackson Strong (Lockhart, New South Wales, Australia): A freestyle motocross innovator, Jackson is a crowd favorite for his fearless go-for-it style. The Australian took home Moto X Best Trick Gold at X Games Austin, adding a third gold medal to his collection.
• Jared Mees (Clio, Michigan): Mees is one of the stars of dirt track, a four time AMA Pro Flat Track champion and also took gold at X Games Austin 2016 in Flat Track racing. Husband of recently retired racer Nichole Mees, the pair became the first married couple to compete against each other at an X Games event.
• Elliot Sloan (New York): Despite two compressed discs in his neck, Sloan grabbed three medals at X Games Austin 2015, including gold in Vert Best Trick. Sloan is also musically talented; he plays guitar and bass in his own recording studio and even consulted with Darnell Williams to compose the theme song for X Games Austin 2016.
• Pedro Barros (Florianopolis, Brazil): Barros dominates park competitions, especially at X Games where he has never finished below silver in nine total Skateboard Park appearances. The Brazilian took home his sixth gold medal in Austin last year and owns three additional silver medals.
• Lizzie Armanto (Santa Monica, Calif.): 23-year-old Armanto entered the first X Games Women’s Skateboard Park event the past three years as a near-lock for a podium spot and did not disappoint, taking home silver in Austin. She won gold previously at X Games Barcelona in 2013 and has a character in Tony Hawk’s latest Pro Skater video game.
The full list of first wave athletes invited to compete at X Games 2017 is available at XGames.com.
The X Games will also feature musical performances from A Day To Remember, Flume and Minneapolis’ Atmosphere. All three musical performances will take place at the Commons stage, located outside U.S. Bank Stadium.
Tickets are available at www.xgames.com/tickets.