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The Last Hurrah

By: Shannon Stern

                  This year’s Los Angeles X Games marks the culmination of two things: this year’s X Games circuit and the X Games being held in Los Angeles. Instead of the X Games returning to Los Angeles next year, they are moving elsewhere, to Austin, Texas to be exact. But, before the big move occurred, there was still a plethora of competitions to be held.


Starting off the last stop was the Street League Select Series. Ryan Decenzo proved to be victorious, cementing his spot in Friday’s Street League Prelims and also a spot on the 2014 Street League roster. Felipe Gustavo placed second and Greg Lutzka placed third in Thursday’s event. The first medaled event was Women’s Skate Street. Leticia Bufoni took home the gold, with Lacey Baker taking home the silver and Marisa Dal Santo taking home the bronze. Next, Elliot Sloan edged out his Skateboard Big Air competitors to win the gold medal. Tom Schaar came in second, earning him a silver medal, and Bob Burnquist came in third, earning him a bronze medal. Rounding out the first day of competition were two Moto X events: Best Whip and Freestyle. With 42% of the fan vote, Josh Hansen won gold in Best Whip. 24% of the fan vote led Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg to the silver medal and 21% of the fan vote led Vicki Golden to the bronze medal. Taka Higashino took first in Freestyle, Adam Jones took second, followed by Nate Adams in third, earning them gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively.


Friday was another jam-packed day. Nyjah Huton continued his Street League dominance, qualifying first for Saturday’s finals. Decenzo also made it to the finals. BMX Big Air was a tight race. With only .33 separating first and second place, it was ultimately Morgan Wade who took home the gold. Vince Byron took home the silver medal and Zack Warden took home the bronze. It had been previously announced that Kevin Robinson would be retiring after this X Games appearance. Robinson finished his career placing sixth in the Big Air competition. Clearing 38.50 feet, Ronnie Renner won gold in Moto X Step Up. Libor Podmol won the silver medal and Matt Buyten won the bronze medal. In Speed and Style, Nate Adams edged out Blake Williams to win the gold. Williams won the silver medal and Andre Villa won the bronze medal.


Saturday was a powerhouse day of competition. Skateboard Vert started the day out. Not to leave X Games Los Angeles out of the mix, Bucky Lasek won his fourth X Games gold medal in Vert this year, his fifth straight contest win this season. Pierre-Luc Gagnon placed second, taking home the silver medal, with Andy Macdonald placing third, taking home the bronze medal. It was no surprise that Huston reigned supreme at Street League, with Chris Cole placing second and Luan Oliveira placing third. Chad Kerley edged out Garrett Reynolds to win the gold medal in BMX Street. Jeremiah Smith took home the bronze.


The night concluded with the newest X Games event, Gymkhana Grid, and three Moto X events. Tanner Foust won gold over Patrik Sandell in the Gold Medal Heat. Liam Doran took home the bronze. Back at Staples Center, Adaptive Moto X Racing started off the night. Mike Shultz beat out the rest of the competition, with Todd Thompson placing second and Chris Ridgway placing third. The last two Moto X events of the night were Moto X Racing. In the Men’s competition, Justin Brayton took home the gold while, in the Women’s event, Golden took home the gold.


Sunday ended the four days of competition. Enduro X took place at Staples Center. Taddy Blazusiak took home the gold in the Men’s final while Laia Sanz took home the gold in the Women’s final. Then, it was off to Irwindale Speedway. Joni Wiman was the gold medal winner in the Ford RallyCross Lites final. Lastly, it was Toomas Heikkinen who won the gold in the Ford RallyCross Supercar final.


What an end to the Los Angeles X Games it was! Now, it is time to make new memories down in Texas!