Andy Macdonald, five-time World Cup Skateboarding overall-point champion and six-time X-Games gold-medalist, has been invited to participate as a featured athlete in two upcoming museum exhibitions, and was also recently a featured guest on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
The San Diego Hall of Champions Museum in California and the Australian Gallery Of Sport And Olympic Museum will include artifacts donated by Macdonald such as skateboards, equipment, photos, and videos as part of exhibits highlighting action-sport athletes.
The San Diego Hall of Champions Museum, which recently hosted an exhibit dedicated to Tony Hawk, will showcase an installation entitled San Diego Ground Zero, featuring artifacts, photographs, and videos relating to six sports that can trace their roots toSan Diego, including skateboarding, surfing, and street luge.
On Sunday, February 25th from 11:00am-2:00pm, Andy Macdonald will join other featured athletes including Rob Machado and Biker Sherlock for a public autograph session to be held in the museum. With the price of admission, guests will have an opportunity to view the exhibit and meet with their favorite pros in-person. The San Diego Hall of ChampionsMuseum is located at 2131 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park. For more information on this exhibit including hours of operation and prices, log on to www.sandiegosports.org.
Opening in 1986 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Australian Gallery Of Sport And Olympic Museum is Australia’s first and only national multi-sport museum. The action-sport exhibition will be opened by the Victorian Government Minister For Sport And Recreation on February 26. Visitors can see the dynamic exhibit featuring memorabilia from over thirty athletes as new displays will be rotated in and out during the exhibition’s tenure at the museum.
Macdonald’s February 14 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno makes him the only professional skateboarder to have ever appeared on the show. Macdonald was seen by over six-million viewers who tuned in across America, one of the largest TV audiences ever to watch a skateboarder ride.
Macdonald’s segment began as he skated on-stage and ollied onto Leno’s deskbefore shaking hands and sitting in the famous hot seat. A series of questions from Leno included asking Macdonald about the most unusual place he’s skated. Macdonald told the story of skating on the marble floors in the White House past Secret Service agents. Leno then cut to a clip of a skating accident Macdonald’s dad had filmed when he was fifteen.
Following the interview and clip, Leno and Macdonald walked to the front of the stage so Macdonald could describe the ramps that were specially constructed for the segment. The show had built a tall roll-in, a quarterpipe launch ramp, a flat landing ramp, and a tall quarterpipe set up after the landing. For the actual jumps Leno called in a dozen XFL cheerleaders to stand in the gap between the take-off and landing ramps, and Macdonald did a Japan air, a frontside shove-it varial, and a backside 360, then ollied back onto the stage where fireworks went off.
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