It’s that time of year, the best time of year, when the summer sun beams down on LA and lights up the brightest and biggest action sports event there is: X Games. Plenty will be happening but let’s take a look at some of the bigger stories that could very well continue the tradition of records being broken at the Games.
Only 4 athletes this year are set to break a repeat record for their respective disciplines, and 3 of them are BMX riders. Though not a record, thanks to Dave Mirra’s 5-in-a-row park winnings in the late 90s, Daniel Dhers will go for an impressive 3 gold medals in a row during a time where the park discipline can’t be dominated by anyone. Judges will struggle to match style and height with technicality and difficulty to determine whether Dhers will be able to continue on a road to Mirra’s miraculous record.
Garrett Reynolds is set to extend his current record for most BMX street wins… In a row. He has 4 gold in street, which is all 4 of the events since its inception, and is ready to add a fifth to tie the record that Dave Mirra set in park and that Jamie Bestwick set in vert. However, Bestwick’s record could extend past this feat to tie the grand daddy of them all.
The longest winning repeat in X Games history is Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald’s SIX TIMES IN A ROW in vert doubles, a discipline no longer seen in today’s games. I’m not sure how long it lasted, but six times in a row could mean they swept that event from its inception to its undoing, a feat unlikely to happen again. However, the number of six may be touched upon a second time if Jamie Bestwick can stave off other vert stars such as Steve McCann, Simon Tabron, and Vince Byron. Bestwick has obliterated the vert event in X Games, Dew Tour, and any other event who put his name in. Competitors are likely to up their technical game and attempt to dethrone Bestwick through sheer difficulty, as beating Jamie at his own game of style and height is a fruitless goal.
The BMX Street Final where Garrett Reynolds may set his record will take place on Friday, June 29 at 3 pm. The BMX park and vert finals will take place on Saturday, June 30 at 10 am and &;30 pm respectively. Last but never least, the BMX Big Air final will take place on Sunday, June 31 at 6:30 pm. Go to ESPN.com to check out ticket pricing or check local TV listings.
photo & video courtesy of ESPN.com