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.


Alexis Sablone takes gold in women’s skateboard street


Alexis Sablone won the women’s skateboard street contest, her third career X Games gold medal.

The 27-year-old recorded the two best scores of the competition. She had an 89.66 on her first run, then bettered her gold-medal winning score with a 92 on her third and final run.

Pamela Rosa, a 14-year-old Brazilian, took silver with a score of 86. Vanessa Torres finished third with a 78.