Athletes competing at X-Games Qualifier include 11-year-old skateboarder

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 20:16:15-04

The X-Games Qualifiers kick off Friday, June 10, with 60 athletes from all over the country -- and the world -- set to compete; with the youngest competitor being 11 years old. 

Before skateboarding phenomena Minna Stess could even come to Boise to compete, she had to finish two reports for school. Now that that's over, she says she's focused on the prize. 

Watching the X-Games athletes practice at Rhodes Park in Boise, 11-year old Stess is noticebly the youngest...and the smallest. 

"Everyone is either double my age or just a couple of years older than me," Stess said. 

But don't let that fool you. The soon-to-be sixth-grader from Northern California has already made a name for herself in the skateboarding world. 

She's the youngest of the 20 female athletes invited to compete at the X-Games Qualifier in Boise.

"There's two runs that are 45 seconds," Stess said. "You gotta make two runs with a bunch of tricks in it." 

And Stess is prepared. She says she's been skateboarding since the age of two and has some advice for other kids looking to enter the sport. 

"Don't let anyone bring you down," Stess said. "Just keep being you."

The top-performing athletes at the qualifier will secure an invitation to the X-Games in Minneapolis.