The 2012 Summer X Games is over and downtown LA can have its city back as the industry stumbles home from an eventful four days of action, including multiple competition firsts, scary crashes, one massive loop, and a fury of heated battles.
Wrapping up the weekend, we put together a list of memorable moments and some not-so-memorable ones as well.
Youth invasion- You know the sport of skateboarding is in good hands when 15-year-old Mitchie Brusco and 12-year-old Tom Schaar are landing 900′s on the MegaRamp. Never before at X Games have we seen this number of talented kids under the age of 15 having an impact on the event, including the youngest competitor in X Games history– 11-year-old Jagger Eaton.
P-Rod back on top- Los Angeles’ very own street skateboarding legend Paul Rodriguez won his fourth gold in Skateboard Street. If setting the record for Gold medals in Skateboard Street wasn’t exciting enough for P-Rod, his sponsor Target had legend Ice Cube serenade him at a party in his honor later that evening.
Real life Hot Wheels track- If you were anywhere near downtown it was impossible to miss the massive Hot Wheels Double Dare Loop in the middle of the Figueroa parking lot that Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy conquered. Although it was an awful amount of work for a 15 second stunt, it was a great reminder of everyone’s favorite toy.
Step-up to new heights- An event usually unexciting and drawn-out that leaves some wondering why it’s still a part of X Games, moto-x step-up flipped the script as it became one of the more exciting events this year. With Ronnie Renner and Matt Buyton battling back and forth, Renner eventually shattered the previous record height by 10 feet.
Sebastian Loeb is good-Dubbed the best rally driver in the world, Sebastian Loeb was every bit as good as advertised. In the final, Loeb pulled away from the pack right from the start, only to be pulled back into the field by an early red flag. On the re-start Loeb enjoyed a second opportunity to smoke the field on his way to victory, proving to the U.S. audience that he’s the real deal.
Ice cold Steve McCann- The Aussie proved he has ice-water in his veins as he backed up last year’s Gold medal with another by stomping a no-handed double front-flip over the 64-foot gap followed by a double tailwhip on the quarterpipe on the last run of the contest, earning the score he needed to overtake Zack Warden.
The Crash heard ’round X Games- By far the scariest moment from X Games came from RallyCross practice, when Toomas Heikkinen undershot the 50-foot jump, colliding head-on into steel support beams. Fortunately Heikkinen survived with minor injuries and now we can enjoy watching footage of the spectacular wreck.
Moto X Best Trick- There were some impressive tricks throw down like Jackson Strong’s shirtless body varial seat grab. But the competition was overshadowed by a strange ending as Kyle Loza was ready to attempt his bike flip for the second time but decided against it at the last moment. With a stunt of that magnitude, it’s better not to make an attempt if a competitor is uncomfortable. But Staples Center announcers compounded the situation by urging him to take his run, which lead to a shower of boos from the crowd. A bizarre ending to an exciting night.
No 1080- Tom Schaar put on an impressive showing at X Games, dropping 900′s with ease. But knowing he has a 1080 in the bag, it was disappointing that he didn’t attempt one. The Mega Ramp at X Games is bigger than what he’s used to and he was unable to get enough momentum. However, at 12 years old we’ll being seeing plenty more from Schaar in the future.
Travis Pastrana’s 10-second X Games- We knew heading into X Games that Travis Pastrana was going to have a relatively short week as he wasn’t competing in any motocross events for the first time in awhile. But we didn’t realize his appearance would be as short as it was. In his qualifying heat, Pastrana grabbed the hole-shot heading into turn one, only to be driven into the wall by 58-year-old rookie Andy Scott. And just like that, Pastrana’s X Games was over in less than 10 seconds.
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