Robinson Takes First in BMX Big Air at X Games 12
Los Angeles--Kevin Robinson soared to his second gold medal of X Games 12 with a victory in the first-ever BMX Freestyle Big Air competition at The Home Depot Center. Chad Kagy finished second to pick up his third medal of X Games 12 (gold--BMX Freestyle Vert, silver--MX Freestyle Vert Best Trick). Allan Cooke finished third to take the bronze medal.
Robinson, who won gold in the BMX Freestyle Vert Best Trick on Friday with the first double flair ever landed in X Games competition, took the Big Air gold with a backflip tuck no-hander to no-handed flair.
“I’m psyched,” said Robinson after his medal-winning adventures on the mega-ramp. “That’s the biggest no-handed flair I’ve ever done in my life. I’m just glad I landed rubber-side down.”
Kagy won the silver medal with a flip double whip to double tailwhip. After taking his place on the podium the Gilroy, Calif. native was already looking ahead to X Games 13.
“That was an amazing competition, and all we had was two days practice,” said Kagy. “Hopefully soon we’ll have one of these mega-ramps to ride on a regular basis, to make next year’s competition ten times as crazy.”
Cooke won his bronze after rolling in and sticking a flip x-up to x-up.
“Yesterday was my first day on the ramp, and I have more potential than I showed today,” said Cooke. “Hopefully ESPN will stick with Big Air and I get invited back next year.”
The fourth, and only other, rider (Morgan Wade) landed a 360 to air in the competition.
BMX Freestyle Big Air is an exclusive X Games event and features athletes skating down a giant mega-ramp from a 60- or 80-foot roll-in, choosing to launch over a 50- or 70-foot gap, landing and continuing into a 27 foot quarterpipe.
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.