--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
June 4, 2001
Athletes ride into Lake Compounce
By Jennifer Plonski
Wilhelm spins on the back of his bike, then rides it upside down as the psyched
crowd whoops with excitement. Everyone cheers as he flings the wheel around him
in a circle and sticks his arms out like heís flying.
living the dream right now," he says.
a 22-year-old professional biker, did a one-man sneak peek of the X Trials at
Lake Compounce Friday afternoon, wowing the kids in the crowd with his
can take on the world and do whatever you want," the Chicago native said.
girlfriend of two years, Kathy Tyrrell, is his good luck charm, he said.
the scoop on how he started out?
used to go to these dirt jumps," Wilhelm said. "This guy wanted to
beat me up cause I scratched his sunglasses so I couldnít go to the jumps
said he put some pegs on his bike and practiced tricks at home. He called it one
of the best decisions heís ever made.
Lindenmuth, a 20-year-old professional inline skater from Philadelphia also
competing in the X Games, helped Wilhelm whip up support for the X Trials.
definitely supports helmets.
is temporary, pain is forever," he said. "I want to skate Ďtil I
month, Lindenmuth fell while attempting a trick at the X Trials in Grand
Prairie, Texas. He blacked out for a second or two, he said. "I saw the
chunk that came out of my helmet, and I really didnít want to see that in my
skull," said Lindenmuth.
a rivalry flaring up right now between kid inline skaters, bikers, and
skateboarders, according to Lindenmuth, who said he doesnít like the idea of
just met Matt today, and Iíve already made another friend," Lindenmuth
said. "I donít see any difference, I have eight wheels, he does it with
two. I donít think kids understand we are all friends."
all doing it for the same reason, cause we love to roll," said Lindenmuth.
"Thatís our passion, thatís our drug."
or not, the kids at Lake Compounce Friday seemed uniformly impressed with
Wilhelm and Lindenmuth.
Langlais, a Chippens Hill Middle School student, gave Lindenmuth his plush
orange M&M as a gift.
Wilhelm took a short break from his performance, ESPN spokeswoman Katie Moses
asked questions about past and upcoming X Trials and X Games. Anyone who
answered correctly won a prize. Later, they autographed shirts, hats, stickers
and more for the grateful fans.
Wilhelm got back onto the bike, he awed the audience with more amazing stunts.
Stone, 18, of Stamford, offered to trade shirts with Wilhelm. But it wasnít
the shirt she was interested in -- she said she thought Wilhelm was
Escher, 13, of Bristol, said Lindenmuth "is progressing the sport"
because he did a double back flip in Vert.
Dess, 13, another Chippens Hill student, summed it up.
try anything," he said.