Monday, May 18, 2015

Colorado Springs skateboarders head for the X Games

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM

With the X Games starting June 7 in Austin, ESPN thought it would let us know about a few Colorado Springs locals competing in the games.

The first is 25-year-old Rachel Reinhard, competing in skateboard street, who just graduated from UCCS with a degree in biology. The second is 18-year-old Jono Schwan, competing in skateboard big air, whose SK8-Strong Foundation we covered in December: "He's way more confident about my skills than I am," our Kirsten Akens wrote, "but his enthusiasm is contagious. That, and his skill for putting people at ease, pushes me to keep going."

Here are bios and pictures, as provided by the television station:
Rachel Reinhard –Skateboard Street
• 25 years old
• One X Games bronze medalist (X Games Los Angeles 2012)
• Placed sixth at X Games Austin 2014
• X Games Austin 2015 will be her eighth X Games appearance
• Just graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a Bachelor degree in Biology with an emphasis in Elementary Education
• To stay fit she works on her leg endurance and runs on a steep incline at Pikes Peak
click to enlarge Circuit of The Americas: Rachel Reinhard during practice for Skateboard Street Women's at X Games Austin 2014 - BRYCE KANIGHTS / ESPN IMAGES
  • Bryce Kanights / ESPN Images
  • Circuit of The Americas: Rachel Reinhard during practice for Skateboard Street Women's at X Games Austin 2014
Jono Schwan – Skateboard Big Air, Vert (alternate)
• 18 years old
• Two official X Games appearances (X Games Los Angeles 2012 and X Games Los Angeles 2013)
• Turned pro in October 2011
• Landed the second
• Started his SK8-Strong Foundation which he started when he was 13
• Has lived all over the world because his father is in the Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer
• After graduating high school in 2013, he started attending classes at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) with a desire to earn an MBA
click to enlarge Jono Schwan competing in Skateboard Vert Elimination during X Games LA 2013. - CHASEN MARSHALL / ESPN IMAGES
  • Chasen Marshall / ESPN Images
  • Jono Schwan competing in Skateboard Vert Elimination during X Games LA 2013.

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