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2003 Los Angeles X Games
Skateboard Vert Wrap-Up Report
LASEK TAKES X GAMES GOLD IN SKATEBOARD VERT
Bucky Lasek emerged victorious amid an all star field
of competitors at the X Games IX Skateboard Vert final. The
competition was a fierce best-run-wins battle across the largest
ramp in X Games history. Lasek’s score of 94.67 stood strong
through two consecutive runs of fierce challenges from silver
medallist Andy Macdonald (San Diego, Calif.) and bronze medallist
Rune Glifberg (Copenhagen, Den.).
Coming off a first place victory at this year’s X Games Global
Championship in San Antonio, Lasek staked his claim to first
place honors during his second run. In that run he nailed a
massive combo that began with a frontside rodeo and ended in a
heelflip to gay twist, a move where the skater completes a 360
at the lip while taking off backwards.
"I love my fans. My fans are everything to me," said Lasek, an
X Games veteran who now holds four gold medals in his X Games
career, "After nineteen years of skating, to still be progressing
is a great feeling. I wasn’t expecting to win."
Two-time X Games Skateboard Vert gold medallist Andy Macdonald
claimed second place with a score of 92.67. Macdonald earned
his silver by completing five successful 540’s in the final run,
landing the last 540 backwards to reserve his spot among the
winners. Macdonald, like Lasek, is also one of the X Games
most decorated veterans.
"All the competitors are great," said Macdonald, "I wouldn’t want
to be a judge. We are all in this together."
Rune Glifberg took the bronze as the only international Skateboard
Vert medallist of the evening. Glifberg posted a 92.33 in his
final run, only fractions of a point behind Macdonald. Glifberg’s
final run included a frontside heelflip, alley-oop 540 to a McTwist,
capped off with a nosegrab switch kickflip.
Last year’s gold medallist Pierre-Luc Gagnon placed fifth, and
making his professional skateboarding debut, sixteen year-old
phenom Shaun White placed sixth.
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