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Oh, Travis!

Published April 25th, 2006





What is X Games? It is definitive annual action sports competition, featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and new for this year, Rally Car Racing.



The X Games definitely has a supercross influence with names you know: Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Jeff Ward, Chad Reed, Doug Henry …



Undoubtedly, Travis was the star of this year’s event. And his crowning achievement was when he landed the first-ever double backflip to win the gold in Moto X Best Trick competition.



Travis competed in four events total, and won three gold medals. He was named the Saturn Most Outstanding Athlete of the Games. Besides gold in the Moto X Best Trick, he edged out Colin McRae by a half second to win the first X Games Rally Car Racing gold medal. Pastrana rung up his third gold with a victory in the Moto X Freestyle competition. He also finished ninth in SuperMoto. For earning the honor of Saturn Most Outstanding Athlete, Pastrana drives away with a new 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster!



Total attendance for X Games 12 was 138,672, an increase of nearly 13 percent over X Games 11 (122,614) in 2005. (Thursday, August 3: 26,600, Friday, August 4: 27,700, Saturday, August 5: 41,676, Sunday, August 6: 42,696.)



The venues for X Games include STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, The Home Depot Center in Carson, Puerto Escondido (Mexico) for Surfing and Gorman CA for parts of the Rally Car competition. X Games will remain in Los Angeles through 2009.



There is no way an article can truly do justice & show the magnitude of what X Games is. It’s huge …. to check out all the details of X Games 12, please visit EXPN.com.



Here is a list of Gold Medal winner and events: Robinson wins BMX Big Air, Pastrana Wins MTX Freestyle, Jeff Ward Wins SuperMoto (Jeff Ward became the oldest male X Games medalist in winning the SuperMoto. Jeff edged silver medalist Mark Burkhart by 0.572 second. Doug Henry won the bronze medal.), Way Wins 3rd SKB Big Air, Buyten Wins Moto X Step-Up, Steamer Three-Peats SKT ST, Cranmer Rolls in BMX Park, Pastrana Wins Rally, Lasek Wins Skate VBT, Pastrana Wins Moto BT, Zero Hero Cole Wins Street, Chad Kagy Wins BMX Vert, Robinson Wins BMX VBT.



Thanks to ESPN, Danny C., and all their crew.




Photo credits: Scott McLaren presents a new Saturn Sky to the “Outstanding Athlete of the Games” Travis Pastrana. Donaldson/Shazzam/ESPN Images. SuperMoto Finals. Shazamm/ESPN Images. Travis Pastrana competing in the MotoX Freestyle finals at the Home Depot Center. Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Travis Pastrana makes a hard landing in his bid to win the gold. Shazamm/ESPN Images. Freestyle final Travis Pastrana gold medal. Buckley/ESPN Images/Shazamm. Best Trick Travis Pastrana gold medal. Paul Buckley/Shazzan/ESPN Images. Rally Car Colin McRea (silver) and Travis Pastrana (gold) Rally Racing. Tomas Zuccareno/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Freestyle Moto-X Best Trick winners (l to r) silver medalist Mat Rebeaud, gold medalist Travis Pastrana and bronze medalist Blake Williams. Pastrana pulled off the first double backflip on a motorcycle during the competition. ESPN Images/Shazamm/Tony Donaldson. Jeff Ward (3) raises his arm in victory as he crosses the finish line during the 2006 SuperMoto final at The Home Depot Center. Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Jeff Ward (3) battles with Mark Burkhart (6) to the finish line during the 2006 SuperMoto final at The Home Depot Center. Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Eventual gold medal winner Jeff Ward (3) keeps his eye on bronze winner Doug Henry in the stadium during the 2006 SuperMoto final at The Home Depot Center. Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Chad Reed, SuperMoto Finals. Shazamm/ESPN Images. Skateboarding Big Air awards, (l to r) Bob Burnquist (bronze), Danny Way (gold) and Jake Brown (silver). Tony Donaldson/Shazzam/ESPN Images. BMX Big Air Finals Chad Kagy. Shazamm/ESPN Images. Chad Kagy, BMX Freestyle Big Air. Matt Morning/ESPN Images/Shazamm. SuperMoto Jeremy McGrath. Buckley/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Lacey Baker, Elissa Steamer and Lauren Perkins – Women’s Skate Street Final. Kanights/Shazaam/ESPN Images. Mens BMX Park Finals Scotty Cranmer (Gold). Dom Cooley/ESPN/Shazamm. Mens BMX Park Finals – Dave Dillewaard. Dom Cooley/ESPN/Shazamm. MTX step up Jeremy McGrath. Buckley/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Best Trick. Marcus Paulson/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Gold medalist Chad Kagy, center, whoops it up while silver medalist Jamie Bestwick, left and bronze winner Simon Tabron, right enjoy the moment. Eric Lars Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Bad Religion. Tomas Zuccareno/Shazamm/ESPN Images. BMX dirt jumping final awards, (l to r) silver medalist Ryan Nyquist, gold medalist Corey Bohan & bronze medalist Anthony Napolitan. Tony Donaldson/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Men’s Skateboard Vert gold medalist Sandro Diaz. Tony Donaldson/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Gold Medal Winners Team Azteca with coach Matt Kechele. Lawrence/ESPN Images. Timmy Reyes slashing off the top. Lawrence/ESPN Images.



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Scott McLaren presents Travis with his new Saturn!

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Travis, SuperMoto

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Travis, Rally Car

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Travis upside down (again)

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Travis

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Colin McRea and Travis

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Mat Rebeaud, Travis and Blake Williams

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Jeff Ward wins SuperMoto

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Wardy leads Mark Burkhart

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Doug Henry leads Wardy

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Chad Reed, SuperMoto

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Bob Burnquist, Danny Way and Jake Brown

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Chad Kagy

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Chad Kagy

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Jeremy McGrath, SuperMoto

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Lacey Baker, Elissa Steamer and Lauren Perkins

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Scotty Cranmer

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Dave Dillewaard

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MTX Step Up, Jeremy McGrath

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Nate Adams

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Chad Kagy (center) Jamie Bestwick, and Simon Tabron

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Bad Religon performing

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Ryan Nyquist, Corey Bohan & Anthony Napolitan

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Sandro Diaz

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Team Azteca

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Timmy Reyes



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