It seemed only fitting that this year’s first Summer X Games Foz gold medal be awarded to Brazilian native Bob Burnquist, who beat out both rookies and seasoned professionals alike in Thursday’s Big Air Contest.
Burnquist kicked of the Foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil portion of this year’s games with a bang, earning the 23rd medal of his career, tying him for second all-time with skateboarder/snowboarder Shaun White.
For Burnquist, 36, it was the fifth gold medal he’s earned in the event, though for a while it looked like it might not happen thanks to some fierce competition from Elliot Sloan and Jake Brown.
The contest was scored in three stages, focusing on a jam session over the gap which counted for 25 percent of the rider’s overall score and Brown took advantage of it. Brown, 38, began the evening with a historic 720 ollie which was the first double-rotation no-handed aerial ever landed in the discipline. But Burnquist wasn’t about to let him get away with it and he responded with his own version of the trick – a frontside lien-grab that flipped rodeo-style. It was a trick he had never actually landed.
After the second stage – a quarterpipe jam session that counted for another 25 percent overall – Burnquist held a slim lead in the event, thanks in part to a 20-foot 360 Indy. Brown’s final run wasn’t simply wasn’t good enough for him to overtake Burnquist and in fact he was even passed by mere fractions of a point by the 24-year-old Sloan, causing him to finish the event with a bronze medal.
“We've had these MegaRamp events here, and I've gotten wins here, but, this was unique,” Burnquist told ESPN shortly after the victory. “I'm really stoked. And to do it here at home, as the first main X Games, I can't ask for anything better.”
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