Bohan Rides To Three-Peat In X Games BMX Dirt


LOS ANGELES—Corey Bohan rode to an unprecedented third-straight X Games Gold Medal in the BMX Freestyle Dirt competition at X Games 12 on Thursday at the STAPLES Center.

The Australian native came into this year’s competition as the only rider to win back-to-back BMX Freestyle Dirt gold medals. Following a winning run that included a no-handed, one-footer to tail whip, a one-footed table 360 and a bar-spin tail whip, he let the crowd know that he has no intention of letting up.

“The three-peat is fantastic, and what to do now is keep winning,” said Bohan. “The no-hand one-foot--to be able to put it into a run and hold it throughout feels unbelievable.”

Ryan Nyquist (Greenville, NC), winner of more BMX Dirt medals than any athlete in X Games history, added to his total with a silver-medal win on Thursday.  Nyquist’s medal run included a 720 bar spin and a back flip double bar spin. Tonight isn’t the last time X Games fans will see Nyquist compete. BMX Park and the newest BMX discipline added to this year’s line-up, BMX Big Air, are next on Nyquist’s agenda.

“It feels good. I had a chance to do a great run,” said Nyquist.  “I’m happy with second. In past years I was in eighth and tenth, so it feels good to be on the podium.”

19-year-old Anthony Napolitan (Youngstown, Ohio), competing in his first X Games, took home the bronze with a run including a three double whip and a tire grab to no-handed front flip.  

Said Napolitan, “X Games is the biggest action sports contest of the year. It’s the event everyone recognizes. So this is amazing. I feel great.”

About X Games 12
The X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and new to this year’s lineup, Rally Car Racing.  ESPN and ABC will provide 14 hours of original LIVE X Games 12 programming from August 3-6. ESPN will also present four late-night highlight programs starting August 4, resulting in a total of 18 hours of original programming for X Games 12.  SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship news program, will report LIVE from X Games 12, with the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter featuring daily event coverage.

X games 12 venues include STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Puerto Escondido, Mexico for Surfing and Gorman, Calif. for parts of the Rally Car competition. X Games will remain in Los Angeles through 2009.

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