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:

 

Daniel Sandoval wins X Games BMX Park; Austin’s Chase Hawk is 7th

Daniel Sandoval, with a score of 92.66, won the gold medal in BMX Park Friday afternoon at the X Games.

It was the first career X Games victory for the 19-year-old Sandoval. He earned bronze in Austin last year.

Dennis Enarson was the silver medalist. He’ll be competing in two other events this weekend in Austin.

Scotty Cranmer was third with a score of 89.66.

Austin’s Chase Hawk, who won the event last year, finished seventh. His top score was the 84.66 he posted in the second of three rounds.