TRAVIS PASTRANA TAKES HOME THE GOLD AT
X GAMES IX MOTO X FREESTYLE
After a Two-Year Absence, Pastrana is Back on Top
LOS ANGELES ≠ With 67,500 total (41,700 at the LA Coliseum
and 25,800 at STAPLES Center) in attendance on the largest
single day in X Games history, nineteen-year-old Moto X phenom
Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, Md) took top honors at the Moto
X Freestyle final. Riding with a torn ACL and LCL, Pastrana
shocked the crowd by landing his first ever 360 backflip at
X Games Moto X Freestyle competition.
At nineteen, Pastrana is no stranger to the winnerís circle.
After two years of not competing at X Games due to injury,
Pastrana earned his fourth X Games Moto X Freestyle gold medal,
his first since X Games VII in 2001. Pastrana was one of the
very first riders on the course at practice, and was the very
last to leave. The extra work paid off for him, as he landed
a barrage of seemingly impossible aerials including a no-handed
cliffhanger, a sidewinder Fred Flinstone, and two traditional
backflips before he landed the 360 backflip. Pastrana put up
a winning score of 94.67, beating out an elite field of Moto X
athletes just one week before his scheduled surgery on his
injured right knee.
When asked before the competition about his strengths and
weaknesses, Pastrana said, "My strengths and weaknesses are
the same: Iíve got the willingness and stupidity to try anything.
If I think itís even remotely possible, Iíll do it."
"I was working on the trick for a month with Carey Hart," said
Pastrana about the 360 backflip. "I knew if I hit the 360,
it was gold. Man, this is the best feeling in the world."
Nate Adams (Wittmann, Ariz.), who won silver at X Games Global
Championship I in San Antonio (May, 2003), took second place
once again with a score of 93.33. Adams had an excellent
technical run, landing a lookback double grab, a McNasty
backflip, a huge air lazy boy, and a backflip over a 75-foot gap.
"Iím ready to try the 360 backflip in competition now," said
Adams. "I rode better today then ever in my life."
With a score of 93.00,
Brian Deegan (Temecula, Calif.) took a
close third, finishing a fraction of a point behind Adams.
Deegan was the first rider of the night to attempt the 360
backflip. The crowd erupted when he landed it, becoming the
first rider in X Games history to do so.
"I came up with it in my backyard," said Deegan. "I came out
to LA to win medals. I wanted to hit my new trick, the
Mulisha Twist, and I pulled it off."
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