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Austin Prepares For X Games

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:32 PM CDT

They defy gravity and make us all cringe with excitement; this year, the X Games is coming to Austin.

"I never thought growing up, that we would get to showcase an event like this," says professional BMX rider and Austinite Chase Hawk.

To him it's a dream come true.

"It definitely makes it that much more special, I definitely want to do good and make my city proud basically," adds Hawk.

Los Angeles has hosted the event for the past 11 years but now Austin gets a shot.

"Austin is the perfect place for this kind of venue, we got one facility that can handle everything the X Games does," says professional trophy truck driver and Austinite Jay Reichert.

Having all the events under one roof will be a first for the X Games.

Reichert says, "It's a four year contract and we need to run with it, this is like bringing the Olympics to your home town of modern day sports."

But what does it take to convert the venue built for a Formula One race into an action sports mecca?

Start with an 88 foot high skateboard and BMX mega ramp and rally course on the Circuit of the Americas track.

It's an event expected to bring tens of thousands here and have the rest of the world watching.

COTA President and CEO Jason Dial says, "215 different countries, 410 million households, Austin, the Circuit of the Americas and X Games is going to be celebrated globally."

By Lydia Pantazes

Austin Prepares For X Games

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