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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

BMX star Steve McCann ‘awake and alert’ after scary X Games crash

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BMX rider Steve McCann was awake and alert after his scary crash in Big Air Doubles, according to X Games officials.

McCann was being transported to the hospital for observation and will be assessed for a head injury.

McCann hit his head on the ramp on his fourth run in Big Air Doubles. He was separated from his bike and slid off the main ramp onto the exit ramp, where he was quickly attended to by the medical staff.