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X Games Austin - Skateboard and BMX highlights

  • X Games Austin - Skateboard and BMX highlights

There was a ton of action at a very hot X Games in Austin Friday night. Here's a quick recap!

Bob Burnquist added to his huge collection of golds, winning yet again in America's Navy Big Air.

Elliot Sloan got the silver and Tom Schaar, one of the youngest talents, took the bronze.

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Pierre-Luc Gagnon dominated yet again in Skateboard Vert, winning his seventh gold medal in the discipline. Due to knee and hip injuries, he hasn't won a gold since 2012, so this guy has made quite a comeback! His consistency and technical tricks earned him the top spot. "Skateboarding is an art form to me," said Gagnon."It's not just about the competition and tricks, it's been my passion my whole life."

UK skaters Paul-Luc Ronchetti took the silver, and Sam Beckett got the bronze. This was their first Skateboard Vert medal. Ronchetti was humble. “Everyone was trying to push themselves… It's a tall order to do well in this heat”. 

In the Toyota BMX Park finals, Daniel Sandoval got the gold with some rapid-fire technical tricks – including a front-flip flair. This was his first gold after winning two bronzes for the past two years. “I just wish [Dad] was here to see this”, said an emotional Sandoval.

Dennis Enarson got the silver and Scotty Cramer took the bronze. Defending champ, Chase Hawk finished sixth.

Meanwhile, Vince Byron won the gold In the BMX Vert. He managed to topple nine-time gold medallist Jamie Bestwick. That ended the longest winning streak in X Games history. He nailed a 540 flair, a trick that's never been completed at X Games BMX Vert.

Bestwick walked away with silver and Simon Tabron took the bronze. Bestwick was a good sport, placing the gold medal around Byron’s neck. “I may have got the silver, but I feel like I won”. A true champ.

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