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Its been nearly five years since Australian motocross star Robbie Maddison took on freestyle courses at the X Games. But when he makes his return at X Games Aspen 2017 (Jan. 26-29), he wont be kicking up dirt -- hell be making tracks in the snow.Maddison will be one of 16 riders debuting Snow BikeCross, a motocross-style, closed-course competition featuring rollers, banked turns and jumps. The first rider to the finish wins. Its going to be a stacked field, says Maddison, a freestyle motocross champion famous for his groundbreaking stunts. Im excited to get back to racing, to how I started in motocross.Snow bike is, in fact, only the latest in a series of innovations by Maddison that have prolonged his career. At 35, an age when most freestyle riders have retired from competition or traded two wheels for four, he is as relevant as ever. One of the most creative action sports athletes, hes won freestyle titles, set Guinness world records for distance-jumping his dirt bike and executed some of the most audacious motorcycle stunts since Evel Knievel. He has jumped onto a replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Las Vegas, backflipped Londons Tower Bridge and launched across the Corinth Canal in Greece.But it was a life-altering crash four and a half years ago that led him to rethink the potential of his machine. In 2012, while practicing for Moto X Speed & Style at X Games Los Angeles, he crashed in the whoops section and broke several ribs, one of which collapsed a lung and pushed against his aorta. I almost died there on the dirt, Maddison says. The doctors said, Youll never ride a motorcycle again. You need to change your lifestyle. I spent a week in the hospital feeling totally demoralized and contemplating my future. After months of intense physical therapy, Maddison defied the doctors and got back onto his bike. But he decided competing in freestyle was no longer worth the risk. Instead, while at his home in Australia the following winter, he rekindled a thought hed had many times before while surfing and wakeboarding. Im fascinated by the way water moves around boats, Maddison says. My mind started wandering. I knew with the right speed and the right skis, water has enough surface tension that I should be able to ride my dirt bike on water.Enter Bill King, a former rocket scientist who as VP of 2Moto engineered one of the first snow conversion kits for dirt bikes. King flew from Boise to Maddisons home in California, looked at his sketches of a ski attached to the front and back wheels of his dirt bike and declared, This will work. After experimenting with various bike manufacturers and several design modifications, Maddison rode a KTM 300 XC two-stroke 7? miles across Californias Lake Elsinore. Once he proved it possible to ride a motorcycle on water for long distances, he set his sights on the seemingly impossible.After two years of endless trial and error, countless failures and dozens of sunk bikes, Maddison and DC Shoes released Pipe Dream in August 2015. The action sports video features him surfing his KTM on Tahitis Teahupoo, known as the heaviest wave in the world. The video has about 25 million YouTube views. That project solidified to me having the confidence to follow my passions, he says. It excites me to think about whats possible as human beings. What else am I capable of? Thats the question I wake up with most days.Pipe Dream reinvigorated Maddisons career. In the spring, he got a call from D.J. Caruso, the director of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the Vin Diesel action movie due out in January. Caruso invited Maddison, who had previously doubled James Bond in Skyfall, to bring his moto surfer to the Dominican Republic. He wanted Maddison to re-create his water bike stunts for the film. One small problem: Maddison looks nothing like Vin Diesel. A bigger problem: No one else could maneuver the machine. So Maddison shaved his head and donned a muscle suit to double Diesel racing across waves on a dirt bike.Now Maddison is shooting Pipe Dream 2 on a second-generation version of his water bike, with plans to release the first footage around Christmas-before he shifts his attention from water to snow. Hes proved he can surf on a dirt bike; now hell see how he stacks up racing one on snow against some of the best motocross riders in the world.Im trying to ride every terrain possible, he says. Im returning to X Games with a lot on my shoulders. I havent been the most successful X Games athlete-I only have one medal. Ive had a lot of injuries. But I dont have the ability to give up in my DNA. Nike NFL Jerseys Outlet . A forerunning sled crashed into the worker Thursday at the Sanki Sliding Center. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Baseball and softball are returning to the Olympics in 2020, while skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing are joining the games for the first time.The IOC approved the addition of the sports Wednesday for the Tokyo Games, calling it an innovative mix of traditional and youth-oriented events that will attract Japanese and global fans.The five, including a combined baseball-softball bid, were put forward for inclusion last year by Tokyo organizers. Under new IOC rules, host cities can propose additional sports for their own games.IOC members voted unanimously to accept the five sports as a package. The approval was for the Tokyo Games only.The new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes to the program. The Tokyo Games will now feature 33 sports and about 11,000 athletes, compared to the usual number of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes.While mens baseball and womens softball -- both highly popular in Japan -- will be returning after a 12-year absence, the other sports will be making their Olympic debuts.The IOC called it the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic program in modern history.Taken together, the five sports are an innovative combination of established and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said.Baseball and softball have been off the Olympic program since the 2008 Beijing Games. The two were rejected in separate bids to return for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, so they combined forces to put forward a single bid for inclusion in Tokyo.Mens baseball was a full part of the Olympic program from 1992 to 2008, with womens softball joining in 1996. The IOC voted them both out in 2005.Baseball will have a six-team tournament, short of the eight-team format sought by officials from the sports international federation. Womens softball will also have six teams. The games will be played at a shared venue In Yokohama.Todays historic decision by the IOC is a `home run for the Olympics, our sport and the Tokyo 2020 Games, said Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred also welcomed the IOC vote.Baseball and softball are global sports that belong in the Olympics, he said, adding that their approval will allow fans throughout the world to again enjoy baseball and softball on the Olympic stage.Craig Cress, executive director of USA Softball, said many young players had suffered after the sport was removed from the games.Their hearts were broken that they werent allowed to participate for their country at the Olympics in the sport that they had a passion for, he said. Now, thats backk.dddddddddddd In 2020, its our job as ambassadors of the sport to put on a great show in Tokyo.Before the vote, several IOC members questioned whether baseball would have the worlds top players at the games. While pro leagues in Japan and some other countries have agreed to shut down their seasons to send their players to the Olympics, MLB has declined to do so.Franco Carraro, who chairs the IOCs program commission, said he hopes the international federation can still reach an agreement with MLB, in line with the deals with the NBA and NHL that brought pro basketball and ice hockey players into the Olympics.If not, Carraro said, said it will be difficult for baseball to be included in the future beyond the Tokyo Games.Fraccari said talks with MLB are very open and going in a very good way.Our goal is not to appear one time but to be permanently in the program, he said. The goal is to have the best players possible.Skateboarding will have street and park events, and feature 80 athletes -- 40 men and 40 women. In climbing, 40 competitors will take part in the disciplines of speed, bouldering and lead (also known as sport). Karate will have 80 athletes competing in mens and womens Kumite and Kata events, while surfing will have two shortboard events for 40 competitors.The surfing competition will be held on natural waves at a beach location in Chiba prefecture.Our Olympic dream has now become a reality, International Surfing Association president Fernando Aguerre said. This is a game-changing moment for surfing.Skateboarding and sports climbing events will be held in temporary venues in urban settings in Tokyo, while karate will be contested at the Nippon Budokan in the capital.Ive always believed that if skateboarding was properly protected and supported, its appearance on the Olympic stage could change the world, International Skateboarding Federation president Gary Ream said.Skateboardings approval came despite tensions between rival federations.For the Olympics, a special Tokyo 2020 skateboarding commission was formed to run the sport. It is a collaboration between the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) and the ISF.A lawsuit was filed last week in California by the World Skateboarding Federation (WSF). 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