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Recap: Day 1 of X Games 16

It is his second consecutive gold and fifth straight medal in the event.

July 29, 2010|By Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

8:12 p.m. PDT:

Jake Brown won the gold medal in the skateboard big air, Thursday's final event at the X Games. It is his second consecutive gold and fifth straight medal in the event.

Each skater had five runs to land the best possible tricks, with the highest scores counting toward the results.

Brown's winning run was his second. He did a back flip across the gap from the entrance ramp and followed that by hitting 21 feet 8 inches with a 540-degree turn off of the vertical ramp. The tricks earned him a score of 93.66.

Silver medalist Bob Burnquist finished just behind Brown with a score of 93.00, which he also posted on his second run. Rob Lorifice took bronze with his second-run score of 87.66.

The results duplicated those of the 2009 X Games, in which Brown took gold, Burnquist silver and Lorifice bronze.

Edgard Pereira had to leave the competition after his first run, during which he fell while on the entrance ramp and hit the ground.

-- Laura Myers

7:04 p.m. PDT:

After six years away from moto X freestyle, Travis Pastrana returned to claim his seventh X Games gold medal in the event Thursday at the Coliseum. [FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said Pastrana had been away from moto X for six years. He was away from moto X freestyle.]

He defeated Levi Sherwood, a rookie rider who took home silver. Pastrana won by one point, 80-79.

"This is the first one I didn't really expect to come out with," Pastrana said. "I didn't have the best tricks."

Nate Adams took the bronze medal, as Sherwood and Pastrana separated themselves from the rest of competition from the beginning.

Pastrana now has 16 total X Games medals and will compete in three more events before the weekend ends.

The veteran motocross rider passed up on a chance to compete in a record five events when he dropped out of best trick Wednesday.

"It's a great start to the games," he said. "It's not the one I expected."

-- DeAntae Prince

6:39 p.m. PDT:

In the second heat of the moto X freestyle, Travis Pastrana stole the crowd and the scoreboard with a 43 in his first run, the highest of the day.

He ended with a score of 82 and was followed closely by Nate Adams, who earned a 79 for his two runs. They joined Mat Rebeaud and Levi Sherwood in the finals.

-- DeAntae Prince

6:30 p.m. PDT:

Josh Grant won the gold medal in the men's super X final with a time of 13:08.84.

Defending gold medalist Josh Hansen led for most of the 15-lap race but was overtaken in the in the final laps. Hansen finished with the bronze medal.

Justin Breyton finished second for the silver medal.

-- Laura Myers

5:58 p.m. PDT:

Ashley Fiolek took the gold medal in the women's super X final with a time of 6:37.14. This is her second gold medal in this event at the X Games.

Fiolek led the entire race, with Jessica Patterson right behind. Patterson nearly overtook Fiolek, but crashed in the fifth lap of the six-lap race. She did not move for several minutes as medics attended to her, but she was able to walk off the course.

Tarah Geiger won the silver medal, and Sara Price took the bronze.

-- Laura Myers

5:58 p.m. PDT:

In the super X last chance qualifier, eight riders competed in the Coliseum to see which four would advance to Thursday night's final round. They just finished up and here are the results: Chris Gosselaar, Daniel Blair, Jimmy Decotis and Weston Peick. They will join Justin Brayton, Josh Hansen, Dan Reardon, Chris Rose, Josh Grant, Ivan Tedesco, Nick Wey and Jason Lawrence in the finals.

-- Baxter Holmes

5:34 p.m. PDT:

The first moto X freestyle heat ended with Levi Sherwood and Mat Rebeaud heading to the finals.

Sherwood scored a 71 and Rebeaud tallied 65 from the judges. They will later be joined by two competitors from a second heat.

Robbie Madison was the leader after a first-run score of 40. He fell while performing a body variable in his second run, during which he pulls his body off the bike. Madison did not return for a third ride and failed to advance.

Moto X freestyle has a number of jumps for riders to perform freestyle tricks. The athletes compete in two heats, with four riders in each group. The top two from each advance to the finals.

-- DeAntae Prince

4:34 p.m. PDT:

Josh Hansen won the first heat of the men's super X qualifier with a time of 5:21.14. Hansen has won the gold medal in this event twice, including at the 2009 games.

Josh Grant won the second heat with a time of 5:21.79.

The super X round one consisted of two heats, each with eight riders. The top four riders in each heat advanced to the finals, while the fifth through eighth finishers will compete in the last chance qualifier. Four last chance riders will advance to the final, a 12-rider race.

Advancing from the first heat were Hansen, Justin Brayton, Chris Blose and Dan Reardon. Advancing from the second heat were Grant, Ivan Tedesco, Nick Wey and Jason Lawrence.

-- Laura Myers

4:08 p.m. PDT:

ZJ's Boarding House won first place and an X Games gold medal in shop-vs.-shop.

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