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2003 Los Angeles X Games
Skateboard Vert Wrap-Up Report

LASEK TAKES X GAMES GOLD IN SKATEBOARD VERT


LOS ANGELES ­ 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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