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!
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.
The NBA playoffs are here! We’re talking all or nothing basketball from now until June, when one team will raise that golden championship trophy. Can the Miami Heat three-peat? Or will the stumbling Indiana Pacers recover in the playoffs to wreck Miami’s plans for back-to-back-to-back titles? Who will emerge from the West, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, or Los Angeles Clippers?
So many questions to answer before the confetti is thrown! Before the first tipoffs this weekend, SI Kids breaks down the first round postseason matchups.