X-Games Wrap-Up

By: | Monday, August 7, 2006 //

COLE DOMINATES MEN’S SKATEBOARD STREET, TAKES GOLD

LOS ANGELES – Chris Cole, after bursting on the skateboarding scene last year at X Games 11, returned to Los Angeles and dominated the Men’s Skateboard Street competition Friday at X Games 12. Ryan Sheckler skated away with the silver medal, and Andrew Reynolds took home the bronze.

Cole (Statesville, N.C.) enjoyed virtual anonymity outside of East Coast skating circles until he took home bronze last year in the X Games Skateboard Street competition. Since then he has risen to the top of the skateboarding world, and came into Friday’s finals ranked second after Thursday’s Selection Session. On Friday, he dazzled the crowd of thousands, skating strong throughout the competition and landing a long list of tricks that included a backside three kick-flip over the stair gap and a 360 onto the rail followed by a heel flip off.

“I like being here and watching all the other guys skate,” said Cole. “I have a lot of things happening right now, but winning today feels awesome.”

Sheckler (San Clemente, Calif.), who in 2003 was the youngest athlete to ever win X Games Gold (Skate Park), scored his first Skateboard Street medal after finishing fourth last year. The 16-year-old veteran of three X Games was complimentary of both the course and his fellow skaters after the competition.

“The stairs were brutal, but so much fun. That was my favorite part of the course,” said Sheckler following his run. “And if I was going to follow anybody, I’m glad it was Chris — he’s one of my favorite skaters.”

Reynolds (Winter Haven, Fla.), a skate legend who won silver in the Street competition at X Games 2004, rarely competes but has a knack for performing on the biggest stages. On Friday he showed little rust while taking the bronze, finishing just a quarter-point behind Sheckler.

Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick Final Standings

Final standings from X Games 12 Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick competition at STAPLES Center on August 4, 2005

Name Hometown
1. Bucky Lasek Encinitas, Calif.
2. Max Dufour Montreal, Can.
3. Bob Burnquist Carlsbad, Calif.
4. Jake Brown Sydney, Aus.
5. Danny Mayer Omaha, Neb.
6. Colin McKay Vancouver, Can.
7. Jean Postec Annemasse, Fra.
8. Shaun White Carlsbad, Calif.

LASEK’S “GAMEPLAN” LEADS TO SKATEBOARD VERT BEST TRICK GOLD

Los Angeles – Bucky Lasek is no stranger to the top spot on the X Games podium, but on Friday night he won his first X Games gold medal for Skateboard Vert Best Trick. Max Dufour took home the silver medal and skating legend Bob Burnquist added another medal to his collection with the bronze.

“I had a gameplan tonight,” said Lasek. “I knew I could land those tricks, and it feels really good to do it. I’m stoked to win gold.”

Lasek (Encinitas, Calif.) won the competition by sticking a front side cab varial heel flip.

The 33-year-old Dufour (Montreal, Can.) won silver on a backside kickflip 360 tail grab to fakey – a trick he first landed just days ago.

“I first stuck it a week and a half ago,” said Dufour. “So I came in to practice it on Wednesday and ended up getting whiplash.”

Reynolds (Winter Haven, Fla.), a skate legend who won silver in the Street competition at X Games 2004, rarely competes but has a knack for performing on the biggest stages. On Friday he showed little rust while taking the bronze, finishing just a quarter-point behind Sheckler.

Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick Final Standings

Final standings from X Games 12 Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick competition at STAPLES Center on August 4, 2005

Name Hometown
1. Bucky Lasek Encinitas, Calif.
2. Max Dufour Montreal, Can.
3. Bob Burnquist Carlsbad, Calif.
4. Jake Brown Sydney, Aus.
5. Danny Mayer Omaha, Neb.
6. Colin McKay Vancouver, Can.
7. Jean Postec Annemasse, Fra.
8. Shaun White Carlsbad, Calif.

LASEK’S “GAMEPLAN” LEADS TO SKATEBOARD VERT BEST TRICK GOLD

Los Angeles – Bucky Lasek is no stranger to the top spot on the X Games podium, but on Friday night he won his first X Games gold medal for Skateboard Vert Best Trick. Max Dufour took home the silver medal and skating legend Bob Burnquist added another medal to his collection with the bronze.

“I had a gameplan tonight,” said Lasek. “I knew I could land those tricks, and it feels really good to do it. I’m stoked to win gold.”

Lasek (Encinitas, Calif.) won the competition by sticking a front side cab varial heel flip.

The 33-year-old Dufour (Montreal, Can.) won silver on a backside kickflip 360 tail grab to fakey – a trick he first landed just days ago.

“I first stuck it a week and a half ago,” said Dufour. “So I came in to practice it on Wednesday and ended up getting whiplash.”

Burnquist cemented his spot on the medal podium with a front side tail slide 360 out.

Skateboard Vert Best Trick was the final event of the second day of X Games 12. Attendance on Friday was 27,700, bringing total attendance so far to 54,300.

Skateboard Big Air Selection Session Results

Burnquist Leads Group That Will Meet Way, Macdonald On Sunday

LOS ANGELES – Bob Burnquist led the group of three skaters that qualified to move on to Sunday’s Skateboard Big Air finals, where they will join Danny Way and Andy Macdonald in the quest for X Games 12 gold.

Rob Lorifice (Encinitas, Calif.), the youngest athlete to ever compete in the X Games Skateboard Big Air final, and Bucky Lasek round out the group of five. Way and Macdonald have automatic bids due to their standing as X Games 11 medal winners. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, last year’s silver medal winner, is not competing due to injury.

Burquist earned his way into Sunday’s finals with a switch backside 180 over the gap, and a kick flip indy off the pipe. Lorifice kept the pressure on his elders, landing a 360 tail grab over the gap, and a kick flip off the pipe. Lasek landed a frontside 360 over the gap, with a heel flip off the pipe.

The Skateboard Big Air Selection Session, new at X Games 12, featured seven skaters taking four jumps each in vying for the three finals spots. In the finals, each of the five skaters will take five jumps, and the highest score will win the gold medal.

The standings going into the finals are:
Name Hometown
1. Danny Way San Diego, Calif.
2. Andy Macdonald San Diego, Calif.
3. Bob Burnquist Carlsbad, Calif.
4. Rob Lorifice Encinitas, Calif.
5. Bucky Lasek Encinitas, Calif.

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