Moto X rider Brett Cue taken to hospital after nasty crash in Best Whip

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Moto X rider Brett Cue was taken to the hospital after a nasty fall during the Best Whip competition Sunday.

Cue, who is from Enid, Okla., landed hard and was motionless before he was attended to by medical professionals and taken away on a stretcher.

According to X Games officials Cue was awake and alert and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

 

UPDATE: X Games forced to cancel marquee Big Air events for BMX, Skateboard

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Tom Schaar won the bronze medal in last year’s Skateboarding Big Air competition. This year’s event was canceled Sunday because of extreme wind.

Rain isn’t causing havoc Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Rather, it’s the blustery north winds.

After delaying a decision for two hours, X Games officials were forced to cancel Skateboarding Big Air, probably the most popular event in the four-day competition.

Then at 4:30, organizers canceled BMX Big Air.

Skateboarding was scheduled for Friday night, but rains pushed it to Saturday, then to Sunday.

BMX initially was supposed to go Saturday night.

The ramp is nine stories high. And with winds gusting at nearly 30 miles per hour, it was deemed too dangerous for any of the competitors.

 

 

Decenzo upsets Huston for X Games gold in Skateboard Street

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The two-hour rain delay made Ryan Decenzo nervous.

He pounded back some energy drinks, then conquered the street course at Circuit of the Americas to upset world’s best Nyjah Houston.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Decenzo proclaimed. “I’m freaking out, I’m trippin.’ ”

Houston settled for silver.

Decenzo, a 29-year-old Canadian, received a score of 87.13 on his second of three runs through the course to win his third career X Games gold.

Huston, 21, had won seven of the last eight skateboard street competitions he’d entered. On his final run, which rivaled Decenzo’s best, Huston waited to see his score. But his 87 fell just short.

The event turned out to be the last of the evening. The Big Air venue still was too wet for competition and BMX and Skateboard Big Air are rescheduled for Sunday.

 

UPDATE: X Games concerts still on, but Big Air events pushed to Sunday

UPDATE: The Big Air and Moto X Best Trick events are being rescheduled for Sunday. It’s been determined that the surfaces still are too wet to safely compete.

The Big Air venue stands nine stories high. Both BMX and skateboard were set for Saturday until the rains caused a two-hour delay.

The Blink 182 concert still is on.

UPDATE: The finals for BMX Big Air now are set to start at 7:30. Skateboard Big Air finals have been pushed back to 9:30.

UPDATE: Fans are being allowed back into Circuit of the Americas.

All music events, including the Blink 182 concert, are on, as scheduled.

Skateboard Street final now is scheduled for 7.

EARLIER:

As of 5:30, the rain is starting to clear at Circuit of the Americas.

Practice for Moto X Best Trick is set to start at 7. Practice for men’s Skateboard Park has been canceled.

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EARLIER: As of 5 p.m., X Games officials have instructed all fans to seek shelter in their cars.

There is severe weather in the area. It’s the second straight day nasty weather has forced delays.

The events yet to happen are BMX Big Air and Skateboarding Big Air, Men’s skateboarding street and Moto X best trick.

 

 

Kyle Baldock wins trick contest to honor memory of BMX legend Dave Mirra

Kyle Baldock of Gold Coast, Australia, competes in the Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick event at the X Games at Circuit of the Americas Saturday June 4, 2016. Baldock won the gold medal. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Kyle Baldock won the gold medal in the X Games Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick event Saturday at COTA JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

X Games organizers created a BMX Park trick contest to honor the memory of extreme sports legend Dave Mirra.

And it was Aussie Kyle Baldock who won the gold medal. It was Baldock’s fifth X Games career gold.

Mirra, who was only 41, committed suicide in February. He retired in 2011 with 24 X Games medals, which at the time was the most ever won by an extreme sports athlete. The mark since was surpassed by Bob Burnquist.

It’s since been determined that Mirra had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease caused by head trauma. His brain was studied by neuropathologists at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Concussion Center.

Check out some of Baldock’s moves on the park course at Circuit of the Americas:

 

Josh Sheehan wins gold in Moto X Freestyle

ORG XMIT: SHA111 Josh Sheehan of Australia performs during a Moto X demonstration during the 2009 X Games Asia on Sunday May 3, 2009 in Shanghai, China.  (AP Photo)
ORG XMIT: SHA111 Josh Sheehan of Australia performs during a Moto X demonstration during the 2009 X Games Asia on Sunday May 3, 2009 in Shanghai, China. (AP Photo)

Josh Sheehan won gold in Moto X Freestyle with a score of 93.33.

“This is surreal,” Sheehan said. “It’s been a hectic month of training. I’m just so happy, I’m so stoked.”

Rob Adelberg took sedon with a 91.66, while Clinton Moore took third with a 91. Taka Higashino also posted a 91, but Moore took bronze since he had a slightly higher score — 91 to 90.66 — on his first run.

Weather postpones big air to Saturday, cancels musical acts

Severe weather moves over the big air ramp during the 2016 X Games at Circuit of the Americas Wednesday, June 3, 2016. Weather delayed the competition. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)
Severe weather moves over the big air ramp during the 2016 X Games at Circuit of the Americas Wednesday, June 3, 2016. Weather delayed the competition. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Update: Events have been cancelled for the remainder of Friday night. Skateboard Big Air will be held tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tonight’s musical have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The X Games skateboard big air event has been delayed due to inclement weather at Circuit of the Americas.

X Games officials are asking fans to head to their cars for safety, while the COTA Tower is being used as a signal for fans.

The tower is currently lit blue, if it is lit red the event is cancelled. If the tower is green it’s all clear to resume competition.

McNeil and Podmol share first gold medal of 2016 X Games

Jarryd McNeil clearing 33 feet on the LifeProof Step UP at Circuit of Americas June 2, 2016.
Jarryd McNeil clearing 33 feet on the LifeProof Step UP at Circuit of Americas June 2, 2016.

Jarryd McNeil and Libor Podmol shared the first gold medal of the 2016 X Games. McNeil and Podmol each cleared the bar at 33 feet in Moto X Step Up — essentially a high-jump competition on motorcycles — while Massimo Bianconcini took bronze after clearing 32 feet.

The three medalists locked up a top-three position after the rest of the eight-man field bowed out at 30 feet or lower.

“It’s great to win and start off like this,” McNeil said in a post-podium interview. “I knew what he (Podmol) was going to be capable of so I had to be ready.”

Motox X Step was one of two kick-off events Thursday, and both were held at the dirt track about a mile away from Circuit of the Americas. Shuttles were setup to take spectators to the dirt track, which was built last year for flat-track racing.

In Flat-Track won the gold with a time of 6:35.907. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. was the silver medalist, while Brad Baker claimed bronze.

It stayed dry Thursday, but the schedule was slightly altered with storms set to role into the area later. The last chance qualifier in Flat-Track was cancelled to quicken the schedule, while Thursday’s planned concert by Reverend Horton Heat was cancelled due to track conditions.

Celebrating it’s third and final year in Austin, the X Games didn’t have a downtown kick-off event like years past. The two events Thursday were well-attended at the smaller venue, but lacked the buzz of the 2014 and 2015 events that took place downtown.

Get X-cited about X-Games 2016 with these jaw-dropping tricks from last year’s competition

06/07/15 Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Elliot Sloan won the Skateboard Vert best trick final at the X Games at COTA in Elroy, Texas on Sunday, June 7, 2015 with a score of 98.00. He stuck a Hill Flip Indy 720.
Elliot Sloan won the Skateboard Vert best trick final at the X Games at COTA in Elroy, Texas on Sunday, June 7, 2015 with a score of 98.00. He stuck a Hill Flip Indy 720. Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Tonight’s the night. X-Games 2016 kicks off in Austin for the third year in a row, starting at 7:30 p.m. and airing on ESPN. This year, we’re all eagerly awaiting to see our favorite athletes, Blink-182 and the return of Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel. But for now, get yourself pumped up by reliving X-Games 2015 with this roundup of videos.

Best of X-Games 2015. Set to Austin band Sip Sip’s performance at Circuit of the Americas, this video recaps all the best moments from last year’s event, complete with flips, tricks and shots of Twiggy.

Female street skateboarders. If anyone ever tells you “you skate like a girl” and thinks it’s insult, just show them clips of the female street skateboarders from X-Games 2015. These women will skate your face off.

Austin BMX rider Chase Hawk. The Austinite received his first BMX bike when he was 7 years old. Now, he’s the city’s most well-known X-Games athlete and won his first gold medal at least year’s competition.

X-Games fan experience. The X-Games aren’t just about watching pros skateboard and snowboard — they’re also about having your own fun like these fans who went go-kart racing.

Extreme styles at X-Games 2015. Wondering what to wear at this year’s event? Take some notes from the past participants and attendees who sported a variety of styles.

BMX star Steve McCann says he’s OK after nasty Big Air X Games crash

It was good news for Steve McCann, who was taken to the hospital earlier Sunday after a scary crash on the Big Air ramp.

McCann posted on Twitter:

Thanks to all of the @xgames staff!! I’m ok, but god damnit those walking one foot in front of the other tests are tricky! Haha So I guess I got Silver medal? HAha

And then he posted on Instagram:

That’s a wrap for @xgames 2015 ! A silver medal! With @elliotsloan in big air! Now Happy to be healthy and going home! Thanks to everyone that makes my life possible!

McCann was competing in Big Air doubles Sunday at Circuit of the Americas. On his fourth and final run, he hit his head and did a full-body skid at the end of the ramp.

McCann was taken off the course on a stretcher.

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McCann, an Australian, won a silver medal with skateboard partner Elliot Sloan.