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Another Day, Another Competition

By: Shannon Stern

                  Munich, Germany was the site of this year’s third X Games competition. This was the last global stop before X Games returns back to the United States, in Los Angeles, at the beginning of August.


Shortly before competitions were set to begin, reigning Street League X Games gold medalist Nyjah Huston announced he would not be competing in Munich due to injury. He, along with countless other Street League participants, sat out this competition because of injury, in hopes to return to the next Street League competition in Portland, Oregon in mid-July. With Huston out, the door was wide open for another competitor to take home the gold.


Before the finals, however, Street League Select Series had to determine their winner. The winner at both previous stops, Manny Santiago, did not make Munich’s finals in this competition. Instead, it was Youness Amrani who took the win, placing him in Friday’s prelims.


Moving over to Skateboard Park, Curren Caples beat out Pedro Barros on his last run to take home his first X Games gold medal. Thursday’s skateboarding was not over yet. Taking much tenacity and determination, Bucky Lasek did it again! Lasek took home gold in Skateboard Vert, his third X Games gold medal this year, his fourth Skateboard Vert contest win this season, and his second win in the past two weeks. It is safe to say Lasek is a force to be reckoned with!


Friday morning started off with a bang, as Paul Rodriguez took the top qualifying spot in Street League Skateboarding for Sunday’s finals. Chad Kagy proved to be victorious in BMX Big Air, taking home the gold, while Morgan Wade took home the silver and Zack Warden took home the bronze.


The rest of the day was filled with Moto X events: Best Whip, Step Up, and Speed and Style. Fan favorite Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg won Best Whip, with 65% of the vote. In Step Up, Libor Podmol placed first, clearing 29 feet. Lastly, Mike Mason was the winner in Speed and Style, beating out Javier Villegas, who got silver, and Nate Adams, who took home the bronze.


Saturday in Munich brought some wet weather, but that did not stop the fun. Over in BMX Park, Daniel Dhers proved to be victorious, snagging the gold. Placing second in the event was Scotty Cranmer and Daniel Sandoval placed third. In Saturday’s RallyCross, Liam Doran took home the gold, Ken Block took home the silver, and Toomas Heikkinen took home the bronze.


Wrapping it up X Games Munich on Sunday consisted of a full day of events. Starting off with Street League Skateboarding, a new winner was crowned. Chris Cole took the top spot, landing himself a gold medal. Rounding out the top three were top qualifier Rodriguez in second and Luan Oliveira in third. This was Cole’s first ever Street League win.


Over at Enduro X, Maria Forsberg won gold in the Women’s race and Taylor Robert won gold in the Men’s race. In the second RallyCross, Heikkinen traded in his bronze for a gold medal. Doran took home the silver this time and Tanner Foust took home the bronze. Bob Burnquist won Skateboard Big Air, earning him his twenty fifth medal, the most in the history of X Games. Elliot Sloan came in second place and Tom Schaar came in third. Finishing out the weekend was the newest addition to X Games, Mountain Bike Slopestyle. Brett Rheeder took home the gold, with Brandon Semenuk taking home the silver and Andreu Lacondeguy taking home the bronze.


Look for the Street League competitions to take to the floor again in a few weeks in Portland, Oregon. The X Games action will be back with its final stop in Los Angeles from August 1st to the 4th.