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June 30, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Having not competed in any contest this year, Jamie Bestwick felt a bit nervous before the finals of the BMX Freestyle Vert on Saturday at Nokia Theatre. So, to quell those nerves, Bestwick, who had won the event five consecutive years at the X Games, threw out a question to the other riders on his very first run. "And the question was, 'Who's come to party tonight?' Bestwick said. "So I threw one of my party tricks out there and I let everyone join me on the dance floor. " That trick would be a down side, double-tail-whip flair, a move that won Bestwick a gold medal in BMX Best Trick in 2005.
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June 30, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
When Pierre Luc-Gagnon exited the ramp after his last run Saturday, he thought Bucky Lasek would pass him on the evening's final attempt. Seconds later, his fears turned to joy as he won his sixth gold in the Skateboard Vert final at Nokia Theatre. PHOTOS: Summer X Games 2012 “It was a great contest,” Luc-Gagnon said. “We like to keep it exciting for the crowd. " While Luc-Gagnon and Lasek finished with identical leading scores of 91.0, the former won the tiebreaker because of his next-best performance, an 88.0, which bested Lasek's second-best 87.66 VIDEO: X Games athletes talk about Big Air ramp “It was fun,” Luc-Gagnon said.
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June 30, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
When Pierre Luc-Gagnon exited the ramp after his last run Saturday, he thought Bucky Lasek would pass him on the evening's final attempt. Seconds later, his fears turned to joy as he won his sixth gold in the Skateboard Vert final at Nokia Theatre. PHOTOS: Summer X Games 2012 “It was a great contest,” Luc-Gagnon said. “We like to keep it exciting for the crowd. " While Luc-Gagnon and Lasek finished with identical leading scores of 91.0, the former won the tiebreaker because of his next-best performance, an 88.0, which bested Lasek's second-best 87.66 VIDEO: X Games athletes talk about Big Air ramp “It was fun,” Luc-Gagnon said.
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June 30, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Having not competed in any contest this year, Jamie Bestwick felt a bit nervous before the finals of the BMX Freestyle Vert on Saturday at Nokia Theatre. So, to quell those nerves, Bestwick, who had won the event five consecutive years at the X Games, threw out a question to the other riders on his very first run. "And the question was, 'Who's come to party tonight?' Bestwick said. "So I threw one of my party tricks out there and I let everyone join me on the dance floor. " That trick would be a down side, double-tail-whip flair, a move that won Bestwick a gold medal in BMX Best Trick in 2005.
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August 18, 2003 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
The moment Jamie Bestwick had been awaiting for two years arrived Sunday, and he seized it with fervor. Injuries prevented Bestwick from participating in the last two X Games, but he made up for lost time with a dazzling display that won him gold during the bike stunt vert final at Staples Center. Bestwick, 32, from England, scored 95.6 points for his high-energy run, which included his trademark move -- the tailwhip flair -- among other high-flying stunts.
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July 29, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
At X Games 17 on Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, Jackson Strong won the Moto X best trick contest with a trick no one had pulled off in that event's history: a front flip. The Australian native had practiced it for three years on a dirt bike and landed it here in a gold-medal performance. But soon after the event, he looked ahead. "One day, somebody is probably going to be doing a double front flip on a dirt bike," Strong said. "I hope I'm not around when that happens.
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July 29, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Jamie Bestwick made X Games history Friday, winning his fifth consecutive gold medal in BMX Freestyle Vert and his eighth gold in the event overall. But the raucous celebration was tempered by several minutes of scary silence. Just minutes prior to their final runs, as the bikers were revving up their best tricks, Simon Tabron's bike landed imperfectly, and he crashed onto the hardwood ramp, thudding onto his side, as his bike landed on top of him. Tabron groaned in pain for several minutes in front of a silent crowd at the Nokia Theatre before he was helped off the ramp by paramedics and eventually rolled away in a stretcher.
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October 7, 2003 | Emmett Berg
Play that rockin' music and commence with displays of dominion over gravity and nature. "Firsthand," broadcast twice daily on Fox's Fuel TV channel, bills itself as a look at the daily lives of action-sports stars, such as surfer Rob Machado or BMX trick artist Jamie Bestwick. Its lineage is Warren Miller films and lesser wallpaper TV catering to those who eschew ball sports but not flamboyant athletic expression.
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July 1, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Steve McCann clinched gold in the BMX Freestyle Big Air final for the second consecutive year with a spectacular final run. The 92.33 closing run helped the Australian edge Zack Warden and Kevin Robinson, who earned a 92 and 91, respectively. PHOTOS: Summer X Games 2012 “It seems to be a little déjà vu of last year,” said McCann, who claimed the 2011 gold on the final run. “I don't know how it works like that.” He pulled off the flashiest run of the day to successfully defend last year's gold.
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August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt
Jamie Bestwick is one of the most well-known athletes living in State College, Pa., though you'll never see him in a Penn State uniform. Bestwick, 34, is a two-time X Games gold medalist in the BMX freestyle vert competition. Raised in Riddings, England, he moved to State College in 1998 to pursue a career as a BMX rider. State College is home to Woodward Camp, a state-of-the-art BMX training facility that features 17 parks.
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July 29, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Jamie Bestwick made X Games history Friday, winning his fifth consecutive gold medal in BMX Freestyle Vert and his eighth gold in the event overall. But the raucous celebration was tempered by several minutes of scary silence. Just minutes prior to their final runs, as the bikers were revving up their best tricks, Simon Tabron's bike landed imperfectly, and he crashed onto the hardwood ramp, thudding onto his side, as his bike landed on top of him. Tabron groaned in pain for several minutes in front of a silent crowd at the Nokia Theatre before he was helped off the ramp by paramedics and eventually rolled away in a stretcher.
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July 29, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
At X Games 17 on Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, Jackson Strong won the Moto X best trick contest with a trick no one had pulled off in that event's history: a front flip. The Australian native had practiced it for three years on a dirt bike and landed it here in a gold-medal performance. But soon after the event, he looked ahead. "One day, somebody is probably going to be doing a double front flip on a dirt bike," Strong said. "I hope I'm not around when that happens.
SPORTS
August 18, 2003 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
The moment Jamie Bestwick had been awaiting for two years arrived Sunday, and he seized it with fervor. Injuries prevented Bestwick from participating in the last two X Games, but he made up for lost time with a dazzling display that won him gold during the bike stunt vert final at Staples Center. Bestwick, 32, from England, scored 95.6 points for his high-energy run, which included his trademark move -- the tailwhip flair -- among other high-flying stunts.
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July 31, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
The competitior lands on his back while attempting a trick and lies motionless on the course for several minutes. He is taken to a hospital for X-rays; his manager says Rosen was able to move his toes. The near-absence of noise was the telling sign, just what you didn't want to hear at the X Games. Rarely had it been so quiet at Staples Center. Motocross rider Paris Rosen was motionless on the course and was staying that way as the minutes ticked off. He went for it in the best-trick competition Friday night, attempting a front flip, but he landed hard on his back.
SPORTS
August 4, 2006
* What happened Thursday: Defending champion Cara-Beth Burnside of Encinitas overcame a severe migraine to win a gold medal and defend her title in the women's vert final at Staples Center. Mimi Knoop of Chesapeake, Va., won the silver medal and Karen Jones, a Brazilian who lives in Santo Andre, Spain, took the bronze. Sandro Dias, 31, won the men's vert final without even attempting a 900.
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