Friday, July 30, 2010, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Action is going on at three different venues today – the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Event Deck at L. A. Live, and the the Nokia Theatre. The activities include Skateboard Vert Women’s Final, Skateboard High School Street Final, BMX Freestyle Vert Final, Moto X Step Up Final, Skateboard Vert Final, Moto X Best Whip Final, Moto X Best Trick Final, and Skateboard Vert Best Trick Final.
Our highlights will be here from the Staples Center, concentrating on the Moto events, but we also have all of today’s results courtesy of ESPN.
Ã‚Â Skateboard Vert Women’s Finals Results:
- Gaby Ponce
- Lyn-z Adams Hawkins
- Karen Jonz
- Mimi Knoop
- Cara-Beth Burnside
- Nora Vasconcellos
- Allysha Bergado
- Julie Kindstrand
“I was so nervous that I was up all night,” said Ponce. “This is the biggest contest for women’s skateboarding. The McTwists I tried today were the closest I have ever gotten because I was so pumped.”
BMX Freestyle Vert Final Results:
- Jamie Bestwick
- Steve McCann
- Simon Tabron
- Chad Kagy
- Coco Zurita
“Coming into the final I knew it was going to be tough. I just reverted to how I rode in qualifying and it made it as smooth as it could be early on” Bestwick said. “I’m a competitor. I like to go out there and do a good job of representing BMX to the highest.” This is Bestwick’s seventh X Games gold medal!
At 5pm, it’s time for the Moto X Step Up Final. They start with six riders. They get two attempts each at the ‘bar height’, which is just like the high jump in track and field. They start at 26 feet.
2 riders have been eliminated …. 4 are left. They are now jumping 30 feet 6 inches!
It’s down to Renner and Buyten. Buyten is going to go first – 33′ 6″! He knocks the bar off …
Here you can see the ‘high jump bar’ of the Moto X Step Up
Inside the Staples Center
Now it’s Renner’s turn at 33′ 6″. HE knocks the bar off. They’ll both go for attempt number 2. Renner goes first – he knocks the bar off. Now it’s Buyten’s time to potentially unseat Renner as Step Up Champ.
Buyten revs the bike. Hits the steep inclined jump/ramp – touches the bar, rattles the bar … but clears it without it falling off! 33 feet 6 inches! Renner is going to get his chance to match it. He’s prepping his start area – the only have about 45 feet from a dead stop before they hit the jump.
Renner pegs it … but clips the bar. Matt Buyten is the 2010 X Games 16 Gold Medalist in Moto X Step Up!
Moto X Step Up final results:
- Matt Buyten
- Ronnie Renner
- Myles Richmond
- Todd Potter
- Jeff Kargola
- Beau Bamburg
Matt Buyten clearing 33′ 6″
“There is so much pressure every year at X Games” said Buyten. “What’s great is that everyone respects this competition, and it means so much to win the gold again.”
Now it’s just about 6:30pm, and time for Moto X Best Whip Final. 6 riders. They get a 10 minute ‘Jam Session’, and the winner is determined via text by all the fans in the stands. Supercross winner Josh Grant, Todd Potter, Josh Hansen, Beau Bamburg, Jeremy Stenberg, and Jarryd McNeil.
Skateboard Vert Best Trick Final Results:
- Pierre-Luc Gagnon
- Colin McKay
- Bob Burnquist
- Danny Mayer
- Rob Lorifice
- Bucky Lasek
Skateboard Vert Men Final Results:
- Pierre-Luc Gagnon
- Shaun White
- Andy Macdonald
- Bucky Lasek
- Sandro Dias
“There was a lot of pressure because no one has ever done that before. The better you do, the more people expect out of you,” Gagnon said. “But I feed off the pressure. The level of competition gets better but the pressure helps me step it up.”
“I was feeling really good in practice yesterday and I was throwing that trick every try,” Gagnon said. “I decided it doesn’t matter if I miss it on the first two, I’m going to make it on the next two. I’m super stoked to pull it off and I can’t believe I did it.”
After the two five minute sessions at the Staples Center, the fans have their say: Todd Potter wins the Gold Medal in Moto X Best Whip!
Moto X Best Whip Final Results:
- Todd Potter
Todd Potter wins Gold in Best Whip.
“I felt great tonight, and thank you for voting for me,” said Potter. “This event has always been good to me. I am already considering how I can take it to the next level for next year.”
Now it’s the final event of the night here at Staples Center, the Moto X Best Trick Final. It’s one ‘session’, 8 riders, and the best run counts. Taka Higashino, Rich Kearns, Clinton Moore, Todd Potter, Paris Rosen, Levi Sherwood, Cam Sinclair and Robbie Maddison.
The Best Trick Finals Gold Medal goes to Cameron Sinclair with the Double Back Flip!
Moto X Best Trick Final Results:
- Cameron Sinclair
Cameron Sinclair pulling off the double back flip.
“I have been watching the X Games since I was 10 years old,” Sinclair said. “This is a dream come true.”
“After my accident in Spain, I had lots of practice and preparation for this competition,” Sinclair said. “Even though I have completed the double backflip eleven times, I was really worried because the set-up is different everywhere. I am excited that I was able to pull it off.”
Here is a video of Josh Grant practicing for Moto X Best Whip