Shanghai, China—The first day of KIA X Games Asia kicked off in Shanghai, China today as crowds showed up to watch finals competitions of Women’s Speed Climbing and BMX Freestyle Vert and Moto X Freestyle demonstrations throughout the day at KIC Jiangwan Sports Center.  With a great response on the first day where more than 9,400 spectators enjoyed world-class competition, today’s festivities marked the first time ever X Games Asia have been held in the People’s Republic of China.  Fans on-hand were also treated to a special performance by pop-rock sensation Yu Si Yuan, who performed in front of throngs of screaming fans during the Opening Ceremony, commencing the  three-day event.

Jamie Davis, Managing Director, ESPN Star Sports drew cheers from the crowd when he opened the ceremony, greeting them in their native Mandarin Chinese language.  “We are very excited to have the KIA X Games Asia in Shanghai, and even more thrilled that this is the first time the continental championship is staged in China,_ said Davis.  Davis was joined by VIP speakers during the ceremony, including the Mayor of Yang Pu district, Ms. Zong Ming; Shanghai Media Group president, Mr. Li Ruigang and KIA Motors China president, Mr. Jung Chang Ho.

BMX Freestyle Vert
American riders dominated the BMX Vert competition as superstar Chad Kagy of State College, Pennsylvania continued his BMX dominance after already having won the gold in BMX Vert and a silver medal in BMX Big Air at this past X Games 12 in Los Angeles, California.  “If I can come off what was the best year of my life last year and start off this year like I did in Shanghai by winning gold, then I hope ESPN will invite me back to another X Games event on another continent soon,” said Kagy.  “These past two days here have been all business, but I’m looking forward to taking in all the sites, sounds and culture of Shanghai over the next couple days.” Taking home the silver medal was Zackery Warden of Woodward, Pennsylvania, who just edged out bronze medal winner and BMX veteran Dennis McCoy of Kansas City, Missouri.  

Women’s Speed Climbing
Indonesia similarly dominated the Women’s Speed Climbing competition as they swept the podium, winning the gold, silver and bronze medals.  Already a three-time X Games Asia speed climbing gold medalist, Evi Neliwaty of Surabaya, Indonesia took home yet another gold for her collection, making her one of the most decorated sport climbers of her time.  “I’m very excited to be at the X Games in Shanghai and extremely happy with this victory,” said Neliwaty.  “I just tried to stay focused throughout the competition and am glad it paid off.”  Tri Adianti of Makassar, Indonesia followed in second place taking the silver medal, while Nani Sugiarty also of Surabaya finished in third respectively.

Tomorrow fans can look forward to watching finals competitions in Men’s Speed Climbing, Aggressive In-Line Park and BMX Freestyle Park, where BMX star Chad Kagy will have a chance to win back-to-back gold medals in the BMX disciplines.  

About KIA X Games Asia
The KIA X Games Asia 2007 will showcase 200 of Asia’s and the world’s best action sport athletes from over 20 countries and five continents as they compete in BMX freestyle, aggressive in-line skating, skateboarding and sport climbing. In addition to the competitive events, Shanghai, China will also enjoy a Moto X demonstration by some of the world’s best riders.

The X Games Asia was first held in 1998 and is the most prestigious multi-event competition for action sports in Asia. Between 1998 and 2001 the event took place in Phuket, Thailand. From 2002-2004, the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur was home to the Asian X Games. In 2005, the event was hosted in Seoul, Korea before returning to Kuala Lumpur as the X Games Asia last year.

Considered the pinnacle of global action sports competition, the KIA X Games Asia 2007 will be televised live from May 3 to 5, 2007 from the KIC Jiangwan Sports Center, Yang Pu District. Visit the official websites and for more information and contests, and for ticketing information.

Sponsors and Partners
The KIA X Games Asia 2007 enjoys sponsorship support from Title Sponsor KIA Motors Corporation, Gold Sponsors Jamster and Red Bull, and Silver Sponsor Olevia. It is also supported by Source as the Official Retailer, Official Hotel Crowne Plaza Fudan Shanghai, Official Media Partner Shanghai Times and ETicket as the ticketing agent.

The event is proudly sanctioned by the Chinese Extreme Sports Association and organized by the Shanghai Media Group and the Shanghai Sports Federation. The Shanghai Yang Pu District Government is a special organizer and the Shanghai Sports Competition Management Center is the co-organizer of the event, while the KIC Jiangwan Sports Center is the official venue.

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