Q&A with Ryan Sheckler
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. --
A part of him wants to get on his skateboard nestled against the wall and a part of him wants to rest but he can't do either at the moment.
"I keep getting these back spasms," says Sheckler, squinting as he talks. "You get used to it but at the end of the day I want to be at the skate park."
Sheckler has been one of the most recognizable skateboarders since exploding onto the scene six years ago when at 14 years old he won gold at the X Games as well as winning at the Gravity Games, Vans Triple Crown and Slam City Jam. It was the coming-out party for a skating prodigy who taught himself how to push around his dad's old skateboard using one knee when he was 18 months old and later spent 22 hours a week from the age of 6 practicing tricks in his very own backyard skate park.
It's hard for Sheckler to believe that it's been six years since the first time he won gold at the X Games and that with his 20th birthday around the corner, the once teenage prodigy is almost all grown up.
"It's insane to think that it's been that long," he says. "It's absolutely insane. It's crazy to think how big skateboarding has become in that time."
I caught up with Sheckler over some cheeseburgers and fries in Hollywood during the X Games to talk to him about winning another X Games gold medal, acting with "The Rock" and becoming a sex symbol.