Chris Cole has been one of the best professional boarders since he joined the “big leagues” in 2002, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Cole won back-to-back X Games gold medals in 2006 and 2007 and has been named Skate of the Year" twice in his career. Last year, he was the overall Street League Super Crown World Champion.
Cole has been skating since he was 14, and he's reached the top of the sport through hard work, determination, and a fun-loving attitude. He stopped by Sports Illustrated Kids recently to talk with Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch about his career, his future plans, and how kids can get started in skateboarding.
Watch the video interview below!
Why are the playoffs so exciting? Because anything can happen, for one. And it's a chance for a sport's best players to show off what makes them so great. Which is exactly what Kevin Durant did last night.
In Game 2 of the Thunder's opening round series against the Grizzlies, OKC found itself down five, 98-93, with 13 seconds left on the clock. The Thunder drive into the Memphis zone and Russell Westbrook kicks it out to Durant, who set up shop in the left corner. And then:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston has been crushing it with the sports LEGO projects. First, there was the LEGO World Series trophy created to celebrate the Red Sox 2013 championship. Then there was LEGO Fenway Park, which debuted around the time of the Sox home opener a dew weeks ago. And now there's the coolest creation yet: A full-size LEGO Stanley Cup!
One of the advantages living close to Fenway Park (arguably one of the best baseball parks in the Major Leagues) is that I get to go to a lot of games. So far, the Red Sox have only played six games at home this this season, and I’ve been to two of them – not bad for a 10-year old, right? At one of the games, I got to see one of my favorite players, Daniel Nava, make a nice catch in right field about 10 feet away from me. I love watching Nava play. He always puts in 100 percent effort. Even if the Red Sox are losing 20-1, he still goes out there and plays like they could win. He plays well, is incredibly committed and has a great attitude.
I think Nava has been one of the great Red Sox stories of the past few years. In 2010, on his very first pitch in the MLB, he hit a grand slam. In his very first game at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon Bombings last season, he hit a walk–off three run homer.
But before Nava was a big league slugger, he was an undersized kid who faced a lot of personal adversity. Wondering how in the world this happened?
Late last week, the NBA posted a video of what it says are the 10 best dunks of the 20113-14 season. There are some monster jams on this last — and a few head-scratchers.
There's an old saying in baseball that a player hit the ball so hard he tore the cover off of it. You very rarely ever see it happen — except maybe in home run celebration cartoons. But on Friday, in a game between the Brewers and the Pirates, the cover was actually ripped off the ball!
It happened in the sixth inning. Milwaukee's backup catcher Martín Maldonado was a the plate and hit a pretty routine ground ball to third. Except that as the ball bounced to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, it had a portion of its covering trailing behind it:
You probably remember Conner and Cayden Long. They were Sports Illustrated Kids' 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Their inspiring story of perseverance — the brothers participate in triathlons together, even though Cayden has cerebal palsy and is unable to walk or talk on his own — has touched kids and adults all over the country and across the Internet. (That includes Miami Heat star LeBron James.)
Last weekend, the Longs were honored again — with a playground in their hometown of White House, Tennessee. Roll Around the Park officially opened on April 12 and was donated by Miracle Recreation in recognition of everything Conner and Cayden have accomplished.