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    Name:Mike Metzger
    Nickname:The Godfather
    Lives In:Huntington Beach, California
    United States
    Hometown:Huntington Beach, California
    United States
    Age:38
    Birthday:November 19, 1975
    Gender:Male
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    One of the most famous names in action sports, Metz has had a greater impact on freestyle motocross than probably anyone. He has been a chief pioneer, innovator and creative force -- his collection of X medals attests to that. The Godfather's back-to-back backflips at XG '02 are a legendary image. Hampered by various injuries over the past couple of years, Metz grabbed the spotlight in May '06 when he threw a 125-ft backflip over the fountains at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas.

    One of the most famous names in action sports, Metz has had a greater impact on freestyle motocross than probably anyone. He has been a chief pioneer, innovator and creative force -- his 3 gold and 2 silver XG/WXG medals attest to that. The Godfather's back-to-back backflips at XG '02 are a legendary image. However, he's barely competed in freestyle due to injury and a lack of interest since XG '04.

    One of the most famous names in actions sports, Metz has had more of an impact on freestyle motocross than probably anyone and has been a chief pioneer, innovator and creative force. However, he's done little freestyle in the past several months. His back-to-back backflip at XG '02 is a legendary image.

    Became one of the most famous people in action sports when he threw back-to-back backflips at XG 2002, and he went on to win gold at WX 2003. He then announced his retirement from freestyle competitions until other riders were willing to step up to his level. Unable to keep himself away from XG '03, he decided to compete, only to crash hard a week before the event at the Disney Xperience. Pulling out of XG, he stopped jumping and focused on the AMA/Red Bull Supermoto series, where he finished 7th in overall points. After initially declining his WX 04 invite, he changed his mind on Jan. 19 after Chuck Carothers was forced to drop due to injury.

    Called the Godfather for his work pioneering the sport of freestyle motocross, Mike Metzger lives a constantly changing lifestyle. In the past year and a half, he has gotten married, had his first baby, opened and closed a retail store, and dabbled in road racing.
  • Videos

    Mike Metzger has been tagged in 4 videos on GrindTV.

    Weekly Grind 11-18-2009

    Weekly Grind 11-18-2009

    4 years ago

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    Xcorps Action Sports TV 6 MX seg3

    Xcorps Action Sports TV 6 ..

    6 years ago

    28,112 views

    2007 Dew Tour in Cleveland

    2007 Dew Tour in Cleveland

    6 years ago

    7,902 views

    Mike Metzger Caeser's Palace Mayhem

    Mike Metzger Caeser's Pala..

    8 years ago

    9,492 views

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    Mike Metzger has been tagged in 3 photos on GrindTV.

    I’m pretty sure this is the first ever backflip in competition. That’s Mike Metzger at the 2002 or 2003 Gravity Games (the first ever) up in Cleveland. I remember how exhausted I was shooting this, as I’d just driven 8 hours from Unadilla to get there in time, and it lasted all freakin’ day. But hey, I caught this moment and Mike has a print of it hanging in his garage, so it’s all good. Nikon D1, 70-200mm. (Jeff Kardas Photo)
    More Metzger. It’s funny how I ran into him several times throughout my little career, and he always delivers great moments to be captured (see next image too). This one has a really long backstory, but suffice to say we were in Costa Rica for a Yamaha WR press intro while he was there doing the first-ever “Epic Ride” for Speed or wherever it ran. I was sitting backwards on a 4-wheeler for this shot, moving along at around 25mph. Canon 1D Mark 2, 17-40mm. (Jeff Kardas Photo)
    Metz did this seemingly insane backflip over the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in 2006, and a friend of a friend of a friend (thanks Buckley and LeBig!) hooked me up to shoot it for ESPN. I had the ultimate access, the perfect setup, made a ton of cash and… almost missed the shot. The place was packed with other photogs and a boatload of fans, the sun was nearly horribly wrong but worked out perfectly at the very last moment, and Metzger didn’t take any sort of practice run at all. I barely heard a KX250 start up in the distance while I was talking to another photog and thought ‘hmm, must be doing a practice run’, so I figured I’d do a test and BOOM, he busts it out! I have this print hanging in my workshop and Mike’s parents have it in their living room. That’s it. Canon 1D Mark 2, 17-40mm. (Jeff Kardas Photo)
  • 9 Comments

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    bikefreak

    Posted by bikefreak October 21, 2010 12:29pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Metz - you are sick babe... love watching you ride!

    peterock

    Posted by peterock June 17, 2009 12:43pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    go metzger

    HELL

    Posted by HELL June 15, 2009 03:10pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    cool

    foolishmyk4u

    Posted by foolishmyk4u February 28, 2009 09:08pm PSTReply | Report Abuse

    i like watchin the on demand footage of you and Twitch goin head to head in glamous

    RickyDBoy

    Posted by RickyDBoy October 2, 2008 03:48pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    sorry for cussing

    RickyDBoy

    Posted by RickyDBoy October 2, 2008 03:47pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    you are the reason why i bought a crf250x ill tell you why FMX ******* RIOT thank you for everything. you are the ******* MAN hit me back

    JenJen

    Posted by JenJen August 9, 2008 12:07pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    badass.

    jmallon

    Posted by jmallon June 26, 2008 08:58am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    u are the man metz

    jmallon

    Reply by jmallon June 26, 2008 09:04am PDTReport Abuse

    u started it all with the nac and ur mcmetz just kills it my wish would be to be tort by the godfarther metzger him self and props go out to the birth of fmx thanks

    Jake Blair

    Posted by Jake Blair June 9, 2008 06:20pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Mike you're the BOMB!! I think that you are the best. You just need to do a front-flip on your dirt bike!!!

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