Posted at 8:30 AM Jul 31, 2009By Andrea Grimes
Lyn-z (it's so much more fun to call her that than "Hawkins") took home the gold medal for her kickflip indy and attempt at a couple of McTwists. But, from what I can tell, the only ESPN video of her skating (embedding disabled by UGH) at this year's X Games contains neither kickflip indy nor McTwist attempt. Did they not even film the women's vert? Then again, it was just yesterday, so maybe they've not gotten around to it yet. Fingers McCrossed.
The lack of ladies' X Games coverage continues to disappoint. There are zero videos of vert medalists Jonz or Ponce on ESPN. These are the top women skaters in a pretty-fun-to-watch event, and ESPN can't be bothered to throw something up on the Internet about it? It's not like they'd be taking sweet advertising time away from Gatorade Sponsoring More Dudes Jumping Over Stuff And Crashing.
Until women's sports are given more than token coverage, female athletes (and aspiring athletes) will lack the motivation and role models needed to push them to a professional level of competition. Oftentimes I hear sports fans complaining that women's events are boring or less athletically intense than men's events, but it never seems to occur to folks that this is an effect, rather than a cause, of undercoverage and underappreciation.