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

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


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.


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.


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:


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.


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





NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace fails to qualify in X Games off-road trucking

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 03:  X Games Austin athlete Rusty Wallace attends the X Games Austin Kick-Off Press Conference at the Velocity Lounge at COTA on June 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX – JUNE 03: X Games Austin athlete Rusty Wallace  (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

Rusty Wallace came out of racing retirement to participate in this year’s X Games.

He failed to qualify for the finals in Sunday’s off-road truck race.

But he was happy with the experience.

“I got my ass kicked, but I had a great time,” Wallace told ESPN. “I loved it. I really did.”

Wallace is 58. He’s in the NASCAR and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

He’ll have to work a bit more on his X Games racing.


Kyle Baldock wins 3 in a row in X Games BMX Dirt


Aussie Kyle Baldock continued his dominance Saturday in BMX Dirt, picking up his third straight gold medal in the event.

His winning score, which came on the third of three runs, was 90.

Mike Clark took silver for his first-ever X Games medal. His score was 89.

Chris Doyle won bronze. His top score also was 89. It was his fifth career X Games medal, but his first in a decade.


Curren Caples wins X Games gold in Skateboard Park


Curren Caples came into the X Games entered in both skateboard park and street.

He even said his best chances at gold might be on the street course at Circuit of the Americas.

Caples now can readjust his plans. He won the gold medal Saturday afternoon in park, with his score of 86 on the third and final run good enough for first place.

He knocked off Pedro Barras, who had won four of the past five X Games park events. Barras was victorious in Austin last year.

Barras settled for second. His second round score of 84.66 had led the field until Caples final run.

Ronnie Sandoval was third with an 82.

Crowd favorite Ben Raybourn, who grew up outside Houston, finished sixth.

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.


Vince Byron knocks off 9-time winner Jamie Bestwick in BMX Vert


The streak is over.

Vince Byron, a 25-year-old Aussie, knocked off England’s Jamie Bestwick to win BMX Vert, Friday, to open the X Games at Circuit of the Americas.

Bestwick had won the last nine BMX Vert finals, an X Games record.

Bestwick bowed to the crowd after his second and final run, knowing that his last try wasn’t good enough to beat Byron’s.

Bestwick then asked to place the gold medal around Byron’s neck. The two were the only ones in the field to crack 90. Bestwick’s best score was a 91.

England’s Simon Tabron, who was the silver medalist in Austin last year, won bronze with a score of 89.66.