Quoting Peter Yoon, Los Angeles Times :
Fabiola da Silva is the leading female medal-winner in X Games history, a seven-time in-line skating gold medalist, but she won’t even be in California when the games are contested today through Sunday at Staples Center and the Home Depot Center.
Dallas Friday won her fourth gold medal in wakeboarding last year, then talked about catching BMX rider Dave Mirra, who leads all X Games contestants with 14 gold medals.
But Friday’s dream will remain in dry dock because wakeboarding was eliminated from the X Games lineup this year for budgetary concerns â€” it has cost more than $500,000 to stage the event in the Long Beach Marine Stadium.
And women’s in-line skating was dropped two years ago after organizers said the sport was no longer popular enough to be included.