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Downhill long-board skateboard racing is making a comeback in the United States. It's considered a gravity sport along with downhill luge racing. That's when skateboarders lay down on their long boards and race downhill. But in this downhill skateboard racing revival, the skaters are standing up.

Latest Stories Brant James: Carmichael, Pastrana among action sports stars trying out NASCARupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 13:22:00

Ken Block was lounging on the balcony of a pleasantly elegant hotel in northern France, enjoying a view of rolling hills and vineyards while resisting the urge to theorize how fast he could rip through them in a rally car. In a day he and Ford would unveil his entry for the World Rally Championship, officially making him the first American to compete full-time in at the highest level of the ultra-popular, ultra-difficult off-road racing circuit. Tony Hawk Files for Divorceupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 20:49:00

"We remain deeply committed and loving parents to our daughter," the pro skateboarder and Lhotse Merriam say in a statement

Skateboarding passion bridges culturesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 10:47:00

Teens in the U.S. donate skateboards to their Cuban counterparts. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

American brings skateboarding diplomacy to Cubaupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 10:47:00

Rene Lecour's plan started out simple: Take his son on a skateboarding trip to someplace "epic."

More than just a skateboarding schoolupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 02:34:00

A skateboarding school in Afghanistan offers more than an escape into sport for youth. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Skateboard school ramps up Afghan dreamsupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 02:34:00

The girls come tumbling through the door giggling and shrieking with excitement. They dash towards the neatly stacked shoes, knee guards, helmets, and skateboards.

Fistful of Mercy wrote album in 3 daysupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 10:08:00

Dhani Harrison, Joseph Arthur and Ben Harper join forces as rock supergroup Fistful of Mercy.

Fistful of Mercy skates onto the music sceneupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 10:08:00

Dhani Harrison cruises past the conference table on his skateboard and pops a trick in the corner of Hot Records -- the label founded by his father, the late Beatle George Harrison. A couple of minutes later, Joseph Arthur skates down the hall. Then Ben Harper walks in, a black-and-white board tucked under his arm.

CNNMoney: Turning abandoned shopping carts into salesupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 09:49:00

From the first day he launched his online skateboard store in 2002, Mike Duncan faced a problem that has plagued retailers since the dawn of online shopping: abandoned shopping carts.

'Skate 3,' 'Alan Wake' offer new gaming adventuresupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 16:38:00

In need of a spring fling? Two new but very different video game releases this week should help.

Skateboarder's death underscores insect allergy risksupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 15:03:00

Known for building skate parks and shaping the skateboarding scene in New York, Andy Kessler, 48, died this week after an allergic reaction to an insect sting, friends and family told news media. Arash Markazi: Q&A with Ryan Shecklerupdated: Sat Aug 01 2009 21:46:00

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Ryan Sheckler can't sit still. He paces back and forth inside the Roosevelt Hotel before sitting down for a moment and then getting back up. Joe Posnanski: Roddick's play finally stirs emotionsupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 14:02:00

I have never had many feelings about Andy Roddick. It always seemed to me that there are athletes you love and athletes you despise, athletes you respect and athletes you fear, athletes who can turn games into beautiful events and athletes who can turn your stomach inside out because you so badly want them to lose. And these are the ones you remember.

Microsoft will make Xbox games without controllersupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 17:22:00

Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled its answer to the Nintendo Wii. Actress Lori Petty Arrestedupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 08:47:00

The Tank Girl star was charged with felony drunk driving after hitting a skateboarder Kobe Bryant, A-Rod and More Rock Out for Guitar Heroupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 16:26:00 Tony Hawk and His Wife Have a Baby Girlupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 15:17:00

The skateboarder and wife Lhotse welcome daughter Kadence Clover Josh Gross: Miller may be the only fighter who has to tame his energyupdated: Sat May 10 2008 16:50:00

Jason Miller screams because he can't hear. Private Memorial for Heath Ledger Held in L.A.updated: Mon Jan 28 2008 12:42:00

An intimate memorial for Heath Ledger, attended by immediate family and close friends including former girlfriend Naomi Watts, was held in Los Angeles on Saturday night just hours after the actor's death was marked at a New York event. Diddy Announces New Assistant on Oprahupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 11:48:00

As part of Oprah Winfrey's YouTube-themed show, Sean "Diddy" Combs – who has been running a contest online to find a new personal assistant – made his choice on the program Tuesday.

Get your game onupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 09:33:00

CNN's Matt West talks to Nicole Lapin about the latest video games on the market.

Review: 'Skate' grinds on Tony Hawk's turfupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 09:33:00

Skateboarding is all about cheeky defiance, which is exactly what Electronic Arts is sporting for going up against Activision's billion-dollar Tony Hawk skateboarding franchise. Ice Skaters Jamie Salé & David Pelletier Have a Sonupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 14:35:00

Olympic champion pairs skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier welcomed their first child on Sunday.

Storms and sweat: Week in I-Reportupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 21:35:00

It's been another big week for I-Reports. You have captured fantastic photos and video for several big stories this week, as well as telling CNN about stories going on right in their own backyards.

Brooklyn storm aftermathupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 21:35:00

Brooklyn storm aftermath

Taking the kids: Summer on the slopesupdated: Sun Jul 22 2007 21:18:00

It's so hard to choose. Brian Cazeneuve: Readers on Dany Heatley and moreupdated: Wed Jun 20 2007 01:27:00

A number of readers sent comments about my Dany Heatley story that ran on May 30.

Skateboarding has Olympic backingupdated: Fri Jun 08 2007 15:58:00

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is keen for skateboarding to become an official sport at the 2012 London Games. Michael Farber: Anaheim pushed and shoved its way past the Senatorsupdated: Mon Jun 04 2007 23:07:00

Andy Carlyle, the Anaheim Ducks' suffer-no-fools coach, is not a morning person. "His demeanor is, well, grumpy," says center Todd Marchant. "You say, 'Good morning.' And he says, 'Is it?'" But with late Monday blending into early Tuesday and his team about to exit Scotiabank Place outside Ottawa, he certainly did not look like a man whose toast is perpetually burnt. Following a 3-2 victory in Game 4 he seemed content with a split of two road games against the Senators, which moved the Ducks to a three-games-to-one lead in the Stanley Cup final with two of a possible three games to be played in Anaheim. Maybe it was Hockey Mourning in Canada for the Senators, but the Ducks were headed home with a chance to make Anaheim the 19th franchise to win hockey's iconic hardware since the NHL began awarding the Cup in 1927. Mighty Hearts and Dark Deedsupdated: Wed May 23 2007 16:40:00

Angelina Jolie, Gus Van Sant and a terrorist lawyer share the Riviera screens

Journey back to the ice: Skaters recover after slashupdated: Mon Apr 23 2007 12:50:00

Their story reads like a figure skating fairy tale: Jessica Dube, a 19-year-old, French-speaker, and at 4 feet 11, a pixie princess. The handsome Bryce Davison, 21, was her English-speaking prince. Among Canada's top-ranked pairs skaters, they just clicked. Sounding offupdated: Fri Mar 23 2007 11:21:00

Earlier this week, I expressed the opinion that Dallas Stars president Jim Lites mistakenly got his knickers in a twist about the Nashville Predators' failure to acknowledge Mike Modano breaking the NHL career record for goals by an American player. To this old Canadian's way of thinking, Modano's record was so esoteric as to not be worth the fuss. Some of you felt somewhat differently. Hey, what about . . .updated: Wed Mar 21 2007 12:10:00

My recent column about the best American players in NHL history drew a number of responses.

Money Magazine: Harvard or Bust. Or Both.updated: Tue Nov 21 2006 14:16:00

Plenty of parents fantasize about their child going to Harvard. But Paula and Gary Goldberg of Boca Raton, Fla. aspire instead to get their daughter Rachael, a high school junior, interested in sch...

Money Magazine: $15k to get into Harvard - 5 ways to stop the madnessupdated: Sat Nov 18 2006 14:04:00

Plenty of parents fantasize about their child going to Harvard. But Paula and Gary Goldberg of Boca Raton, Fla. aspire instead to get their daughter Rachael, a high school junior, interested in schools other than Harvard.

Costa Rica eco-trip: A veggie anniversary adventureupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 16:11:00

This year, David and Laurie Bergthold, of Oceanside, California, are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary -- surprising to some, considering the couple got engaged after knowing each other only four months, and were married four months after that.

Tyrrell: The Guantanamo Fourteenupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 17:27:00

A dozen or so representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross are headed for our military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and frankly I am concerned for their comfort and possibly even their health. They plan to meet with detainees there, specifically the 14 terrorists who have been held in recent years at secret CIA facilities abroad. After those meetings will the members of the Red Cross delegation have access to showers, baths and possibly a sauna? I hope so.

Russian skaters to all miss worldsupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 11:20:00

None of Russia's Olympic medallists will compete at this month's world figure skating championships in the Canadian city of Calgary.

Olympians lining up to tame Trumpupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 07:35:00

NBC is asking viewers to vote for one of 12 U.S. Winter Olympians to join the contestants on the next series of "The Apprentice." Among the hopefuls are speed skaters, freestyle skiers, sledders and an ice hockey defender.

At last, a row at the speed skating...updated: Thu Feb 23 2006 06:09:00

Compared to the disqualifications and bitter words that overshadowed the short track speed skating at the last Winter Olympics, the competition at the Palavela has been a constant procession of politeness. Until now.

Feuding skaters make peace, almostupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 04:04:00

Figure skater Sasha Cohen produced a stunning performance on the ice when she shimmied and sashayed her way through the ladies short program. And there was a stunning performance off the ice too, when two U.S. speed skaters pretended they liked each other.

Icy stare caps night of stumblesupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 04:10:00

If looks could kill, Italy's Maurizio Margaglio would be in serious trouble.

Jacobellis blunder costs her goldupdated: Fri Feb 17 2006 09:42:00

American Lindsey Jacobellis quite literally snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the unpredictable and wild sport of snowboardcross.

CNNMoney: Advertisers going to X-tremesupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 12:39:00

Michelle Kwan is gone. Bode Miller failed to win even a bronze in his first event. What's a U.S. advertiser at the Winter Olympics to do?

Amsterdam Insider Tipsupdated: Wed Feb 08 2006 08:40:00

Do you have an inside tip on the Dutch capital? Send us your ideas and comments below.

Your guide to the Winter Olympic sportsupdated: Wed Feb 01 2006 04:32:00

Don't know a triple lutz from a death spiral? Can't tell the difference between downhill skiing and Nordic combined (and doesn't all skiing go downhill anyway)?

Speed Skatingupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 07:24:00

Speed skating evolved in The Netherlands as far back as the 13th century, with skaters streaming across frozen canals to relay messages between cities. Races began in The Netherlands in the late 17th century, but the first international competition was not held until 1863, in Norway.

Snowboardingupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 07:07:00

Snowboarding was born only 40 years ago, combining elements of surfing and skateboarding in an attempt to create a new and exciting winter sports activity.

Figure Skatingupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 06:04:00

While skating in its most rudimentary form has been around for thousands of years, the sport of figure skating as we know it was developed with two great leaps forward in the mid-19th century.

CNNMoney: Coping with the cost of collegeupdated: Mon Jan 23 2006 10:51:00

College costs are going to hurt more. The government is cutting support for college loans. And in six months, interest rates on the cheapest money students and parents can borrow is going to rise.

Rescuers search for roof collapse survivorsupdated: Tue Jan 03 2006 03:28:00

Workers in a southern German town pressed their search in the snow early Tuesday for survivors after a roof partially collapsed at a Bavarian skating rink.

Report: German ice rink toll at 11updated: Mon Jan 02 2006 10:55:00

The death toll in the collapse of a German ice skating rink has climbed to 11, according to a police spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency.

FSB: Roll With Itupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 00:01:00

When the weather turns Chilly, most mountain bikers push their bikes into the garage and keep them there until spring. For one biking devotee that wasn't good enough. Ray Petro, 39, a remodeling co...

Business 2.0: Hits & Missesupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 00:01:00

[HIT] Geezer Aid. The Live 8 charity concerts held around the world on July 2 were an unqualified success, bringing out more than a million people to support the fight against poverty in Africa. Bu...

CNNMoney: Nike riles punk rock purists?updated: Mon Jul 04 2005 08:18:00

Athletic footwear giant Nike got a lesson in punk rock power recently with a promotion that looked a little too familiar to diehard fans of an 80's punk rock band known to be nonconformist, according to a report Monday.

EW review: Hooray for 'Dogtown'updated: Fri Jun 03 2005 10:10:00

When the sullen and fearless blond teenage boys in "Lords of Dogtown" ride their skateboards, never pausing to think about anything that isn't directly in front of them, the movie joins them right on the pavement, racing forward with grungy velocity, showing us what the skaters are seeing and feeling as they ride along back alleys, dilapidated asphalt playgrounds, and any other available surface: a world of trash transcended.

England recall for in-form Balshawupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 12:30:00

Iain Balshaw has his first England outing in more than a year when the world champions face Italy in Saturday's Six Nations 'Wooden Spoon' decider at Twickenham.

FSB: Surf and Turfupdated: Tue Feb 01 2005 00:01:00

I'm about to launch myself down the face of a 60-foot sand dune, my stockinged feet strapped to a 41-inch-long wooden board. All I can think about is friction and the heat it causes, and then I won...

Skateboarder crosses Australiaupdated: Fri Nov 26 2004 11:05:00

A German man has become the first person to cross Australia on a skateboard.

Fortune: The Pill Whose Name Goes Unspoken How do you sell painkillers to an entire generation of consumers hooked on body piercing and eupdated: Mon Sep 20 2004 00:01:00

Ask any parent--if you tell kids what to do, they're sure to do the exact opposite. Tylenol seems to have read that child-rearing chapter, because lately it has been acting like the coolest parent ...

CNNMoney: X-treme marks the spotupdated: Fri Aug 06 2004 12:45:00

Upstart extreme sports are getting all grown up.

CNNMoney: Thrill-ride seasonupdated: Thu May 13 2004 09:22:00

Can The Revenge of the Mummy, Halfpipe and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror bring guests back to the nation's theme parks?

Business 2.0: How Nike Got Street Cred The $11 billion company overcame its corporate image to win over the fiercely independent skateboardingupdated: Sat May 01 2004 00:01:00

When Ted Monney opened a new skateboard shop in Hollywood five months ago, he decided to stock it with a surprising line of skate shoes: Nikes. More than a few of his customers chided him about car...

Review: 'Jersey Girl' not quite good enoughupdated: Thu Mar 25 2004 15:26:00

Guess what? "Jersey Girl" is a whole lot better than "Gigli."

CNNMoney: Ultimate scooting machine?updated: Thu Mar 04 2004 11:36:00

In case you hadn't noticed, BMWs tend to be expensive. The German luxury car maker's latest addition to the line-up is no exception with its suggested retail price of $695.

Grayson is given call by Woodwardupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 11:02:00

Veteran fly-half Paul Grayson will replace injured kicker Jonny Wilkinson for England's opening Six Nations match with Italy in Rome on Sunday.

Aspen freestyle event goes strictly Big Airupdated: Sun Jan 25 2004 08:49:00

Aspen's longest running freestyle competition has received a facelift. Freestyle Fridays recently changed to a Friday Big Air competition, which kicked off December 28, 2003. The event will continue every Friday during February and March 2004.

Snowboarding: The latest thing going downupdated: Wed Jan 21 2004 09:11:00

The coolest things these days on America's ski slopes probably aren't the skiers, or even the snow-covered trails.


On a rotating stage bathed in blue light, the vehicle looked otherworldly, like something from far in the future. It was called the Autonomy, and vaguely resembled a giant skateboard. The only feat...

Business 2.0: Hooking Up With Gen Y Boost and Virgin are showing major U.S. wireless carriers how to tap one of the last big cell-phone marketupdated: Wed Oct 01 2003 00:01:00

Tim Girskis recently strolled into Jack's Surf Shop in Huntington Beach, Calif., looking for some Mr. Zog's surfboard wax. He came out ready to buy a new mobile phone from an upstart cell-phone pro...

Fortune: Game over? Despite record earnings, videogame stocks are running out of life points.updated: Mon Mar 03 2003 00:01:00

Take a wicked spill off your skateboard in the groundbreaking Gen-X action videogame Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and your face slams to the pavement, blood spewing all over. Still, however realistic th...

Fortune: Gm Rethinks The Car--Completely GM doesn't merely want to build a clean, green car. It aims to make one that you'll actually wanupdated: Mon Apr 15 2002 00:01:00

If you're willing to set aside for a moment the gigantic chicken-and-egg problem of where to get the hydrogen to run a new generation of efficient, nonpolluting hydrogen-powered cars, General Motor...

Fortune: Editor's Deskupdated: Mon Mar 04 2002 00:01:00

Consistent extraordinary performance. That quality defines the companies that top FORTUNE's Most Admired list. It also defines photographer Michael O'Neill (above left, at work on his latest subjec...

Money Magazine: The Rules Of The Game Jake saved his money. Jean matched it. Now, how to spend it?updated: Fri Mar 01 2002 00:01:00

In 1999, when my son Jake headed off to kindergarten, he started receiving a $1-a-week allowance. As an added enticement, I told him that for really big purchases, I'd match his savings, 401(k)-sty...

Fortune: The Internet? Or...Plastics?updated: Mon Feb 18 2002 00:01:00

Serial entrepreneur Mark Goldstein has started at least four companies, the last being, which he sold to Kmart in 2001--good thing he got out then! Three months ago I asked him to joi...

Fortune: 'You Got A Problem With That?' Some small-business owners can be less than diplomatic. But a Harvard seminar helps them find theupdated: Mon Jun 11 2001 00:01:00

It's Monday, 11 A.M., and I'm in the boss' office thinking I'm finally going to get that long-awaited promotion. "I want to tell you that we think you have great potential," she says with a stern f...


It's Monday, 11 A.M., and I'm in the boss's office thinking I'm finally going to get that long-awaited promotion. "I want to tell you that we think you have great potential," she says with a stern ...

FSB: Extreme Entrepreneurs They spawned sports where they didn't exist. Now these guys are taking control of them, starting their ownupdated: Thu Feb 01 2001 00:01:00

For them, office hours are based on weather conditions. Seed-round funding comes from the money they've earned promoting other companies. More often than not, they conduct business not from behind ...

Fortune: Marketing From the Ground Up You don't have to be a big company to figure out how to reach the kids market. So updated: Mon Dec 18 2000 00:01:00

Robert Earl Wells IV likes to call himself the Martha Stewart of youth culture. God knows why. Perhaps it's because the 31-year-old marketing expert has hosted cooking segments with skateboarders a...

Fortune: Meet The Future It's your kids. The Millennial generation has grown up with prosperity, the Internet, divorce, and Columbine. Thupdated: Mon Jul 24 2000 00:01:00

In my spare time, I am an elected borough councilman in a tiny town near the Jersey shore, where recently the townsfolk debated whether we should build a skateboard park near the local soccer field...

Fortune: How Teens Buy PEDDLING COOLupdated: Mon Apr 13 1998 00:01:00

Take it from us: If you can't pronounce "JNCO," you're hopelessly out of touch. JNCO is the name in jeans for teenage boys, the brand that launched seriously wide-leg pants. JNCOs are so wide they ...

Money Magazine: WISE UP WHIZ PAST THOSE $339 IN-LINE SKATESupdated: Wed Mar 01 1995 00:01:00

Now that in-line skating is the sport of choice for about 16 million free-wheeling Americans, including the likes of Madonna and J.F.K. Jr., the number of model styles in this $250 million market j...

Fortune: How to buy a politician, responsibilism on Wall Street, our sensitive government, and other matters. THE ODDS IN IOWAupdated: Mon Oct 17 1994 00:01:00

$ A new political season is upon us, so your servant is once again wrestling with the Iowa Electronic Markets. As previously explained in this space, anybody on the planet possessing a computer, a ...

Fortune: THE CASE OF THE MISSING ICEMANupdated: Fri Feb 01 1991 00:01:00

I WAS LEAVING SCHOOL WITH OLLIE, MY associate, when a kid with a pair of hockey skates slung over his shoulder came hustling toward us. ''Hey! Are you Jack B. Quick, sports detective?'' he asked. '...


JENNIFER ORCUTT AND JOE Galvin are on a roll. The two 9-year-olds from Redwood City, California, spend three to four hours a day jumping, twirling, and spinning around a roller-skating rink in perf...

Fortune: COOL SCHOOL DAYS For young skiers, skaters, and lugers, the National Sports Academy is a blast!updated: Fri Feb 01 1991 00:01:00

IT'S EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE morning, an hour when most high school kids are just beginning to think about first-period class. Steve Reynolds is already in his first ''class'' of the day: He's skiing ...


That's Fred, the Federal Express man, staggering up the walk with several large overnight envelopes for my home office. That's my son's skateboard. Oh, no! Look out, Fred! This might be a good time...

Money Magazine: The Pernicious Power of the Polls How pollsters and marketing gurus are measuring your choices -- and shaping themupdated: Tue Mar 01 1988 00:01:00

Five days into the Senate hearings on the Bork nomination last September, the Washington Post/ABC News Poll picked up a blip -- a ''slight plurality of the public'' turning against confirmation. In...

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