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X Games bring extreme sports to LA

Nate Adams competes to a bronze medal in the Moto X Freestyle Final during X Games 16 at the LA Coliseum on July 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Nate Adams competes to a bronze medal in the Moto X Freestyle Final during X Games 16 at the LA Coliseum on July 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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The four-day X Games 17 begin today, with the extreme sports competition holding all its events in the vicinity of Staples Center for the first time.

The change was made to spare fans from the dilemma of having to choose which events to attend at relatively distant venues, according to Danny Chi of ESPN, which both televises and organizes the X Games.

While the bulk of the events were held at Staples Center and the adjacent L.A. Live entertainment complex last year, Moto X and Skateboard Big Air finals were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Events were held at The Home Depot Center in Carson through 2009.

Earlier venues included the Huntington Beach Pier and Long Beach Marine Stadium. Other changes include having the first rally street circuit, which will run through downtown Los Angeles, moving the Moto X competitions indoors to Staples Center, the addition of L.A. Live's Lot 7 as a venue, and the introduction of a new discipline, Enduro X, motorcycle races on an all-terrain course.

The three-quarter-mile long street circuit, which includes two sections of raw dirt, will be used for Rally Car Racing Saturday and the RallyCross race Sunday.

In both events, racers must include one traditional Rally Joker lap, where drivers must launch their cars over a 52-foot dirt-to-dirt gap jump. Competition will begin at noon today with the BMX Freestyle Park Elimination at the Event Deck at L.A. Live.

Finals will be held today in five events -- the Moto X Step Up, Moto X Best Whip and Moto X Best Trick, all at Staples Center; Skateboard Park at the Event Deck at L.A. Live; and BMX Freestyle Big Air at Lot 7 .

After being held in Rhode Island, San Diego, San Francisco and Philadelphia over their first eight years, the X Games have been held annually at various Los Angeles County venues since 2003 and will return next year.