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Latino influence shapes action sports

Skateboarding pioneers Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta opened the doors to a culture

Originally Published: September 29, 2009
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

In the course of researching a book on Hispanic athletes, I expected to find a strong Latino presence in baseball, soccer and boxing, and I did. The area that surprised me most, though, was the Latino presence, success and influence in the X Games, one of the most popular events among Generation X and Generation Y demographics. Previously, I had wondered why Los Angeles has been the X Games host city for the past seven years, and will be again in 2010.

I discovered that skating has ...

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