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Skateboard Vert Men Wrap-Up Report
2004 X Games in Los Angeles

Wrap-up report for the Men's Skateboard Vert competition on Thursday, August 5, 2004 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, Caliornia.

BUCKY GOES BACK TO BASICS
Lasek overtakes Gagnon for gold on final run

Los Angeles, California - Bucky Lasek (Carlsbad, Calif.) has been in this position before. And when it came down to it he went to the heel flip front-side gay twist.

The trick pushed him over the top at last year's X Games Skateboard Men's Vert competition - and it cinched the deal, once again, at X Games X on Thursday evening.

Lasek, who now has four golds in vert, wasn’t even in the top three entering his final run of the night. That all changed in less than two minutes, as Lasek put together a strong run to unseat Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) with a score of 95.00.

"Kids out there should just pick up a skateboard," Lasek said. "It's the best thing I ever did. They may get into a competition one year and be where I am and feeling exactly how I do now. I knew the competition would be close. I didn’t think I would beat Pierre."

Gagnon, who took home gold in 2002, was in front most of the night behind strong runs that included a heel flip indy and a backside 360. But, in the end, he had to settle for silver with a score of 93.66. "Bucky is the man," said Gagnon. "He stepped it up and made me step it up. It’s an amazing feeling to be on the podium at X Games X."

Rune Glifberg (Copenhagen, Denmark), who brought home his eighth X Games medal with a third-place finish, received an X Games achievement award for competing in all 10 X Games.

"It feels good to be on the podium," Glifberg said. "They gave me an achievement award for being here 10 years in a row. It was cool and unexpected."

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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