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.

 

Author: Suzanne Halliburton

Suzanne Halliburton primarily writes about college athletics and Lance Armstrong for the Austin American-Statesman.

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