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Moto X Best Trick Wrap-Up Report
2004 X Games in Los Angeles

Wrap-up report for the Moto X Best Trick Competition at the 2004 Los Angeles X Games Moto X Best Trick Competition on August 5, 2004.

NO-NAME TRICK RAISES THE BAR
Carothers sets new standard with body varial in Moto X Best Trick


Los Angeles, California - Welcome to the future -- again.

First there was the backflip. Then the off-axis 360. Now it's the body varial - brought to you by Chuck Carothers (Kingwood, Texas USA) Thursday night in Moto X Best Trick at X Games X.

The star of the show clinched gold - and a place in Moto X history - with the first-ever body varial on his first attempt. The trick, which Carothers hasn't named yet, saw him launch off the ramp, place both hands on the seat with legs extended out and then twist completely around while parallel to the bike.

"It hasn't set in that I actually just won gold at the X Games and how this is going to change my life," said Carothers, who scored a 93.20 on the jump. "It's going to be a great year. I can't wait."

Nate Adams (Glendale, Arizona USA), who has yet to win X Games gold, finished second for the second straight year despite landing an attempted no-handed lander backflip. "Chuck deserved it so I'm happy for him," said Adams.

The event marked the first time that Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, Maryland USA) has not won a gold medal in a freestyle competition at X Games. He missed the 2002 competition because of injury. "I took it easy with freestyle with SuperMoto coming up," said Pastrana, referring to the new event added this year. "I messed up so bad, but I'm psyched for Chuck."

Former gold medalist Mike Metzger (Menifee, California USA) fell to ninth in the field of 10 despite nailing backflip variations. And Jeff Kargola (San Clemente, Calif.) wowed the crowd with a Superman seatgrab backflip - but still finished in the middle of the pack.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, X Games X is the world's premier action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world's best athletes competing in: Aggressive In-line Skate, Bike Stunt, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. The event is being held August 5-8, 2004 in Los Angeles with live primetime daily coverage on ESPN and ABC Sports. SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship daily news program, will also report LIVE from X Games X from August 5-7 for the first time in X Games history.



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