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.



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.





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


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.