The X Games are set to kick off Thursday in Austin, Texas, the 20th year of the summer action-sports event.
Of all the athletes who will be competing through Sunday, two hail from the Baltimore area: Bucky Lasek (Dundalk) and Travis Pastrana (Annapolis).
The Baltimore Sun recently caught up by phone with the 41-year-old Lasek, who will be competing in his 21st X Games (a total that includes trips to international X Games competitions in Europe and South America). Lasek will compete in the men's skateboard vert and rallycross events.
Lasek's career is decorated with medals of all colors. Just last year, Lasek won four consecutive vert skateboarding titles at X Games in...