Pegged is a bmx blog edited by Teddy Parker.
Ever since the street discipline was added for BMX in 2008, Garrett Reynolds has not missed a beat. You would think after the discipline has developed more it would be tougher for him to hold the title, but nobody uses the course like Reynolds and nobody shocks the crowd and the judges like Reynolds. The only rider close to dethroning him is young gun Chad Kerley who's technical prowess is being respectfully rewarded in his recent competitions. That said, let's take a look at this year's top 5 riders in X Games BMX Street:
1. Garrett Reynolds (85.00)
2. Chad Kerley (83.00)
3. Dakota Roche (69.00)
4. Jeremiah Smith (69.00)
5. Simone Barraco (68.00)
Reynolds and Kerley may have had an intense battle for who takes gold and who manages silver, but the three riders below them had an absolute duke fest over who goes home with a (bronze) medal and who goes home empty handed. Dakota Roche ran on the success of last year and repeated his result so he can take home another bronze medal as a mantle piece. I'm sure he'd like to add some different colors to his house in the future.
Tying Roche's score was Jeremiah Smith, however Jeremiah would end up missing from the podium I am assuming from a raw point total or previous scores since these level of competitions rarely do a tie-breaking scenario. And I think the big story of this top 5, beside sof course Garrett Reynolds winning five gold medals in a row, is young Simone Barraco from Italy who has a future street rider's style. He is the epitome of making it look easy when he's doing some of the most difficult maneuvers anybody's doing, something Garrett Reynolds is no stranger to. If this wasn't his first X Games, I daresay he would have finished higher. Give him time to blossom into a judge impressing, time filling machine and he'll be at least podium next year.