Final Results From The X Games

Youngest Gold Medalist In X Games History
Men’s Skateboard Park Final
13-Year-Old Ryan Sheckler Earns His First Gold Medal at X Games IX

LOS ANGELES — At only 13-years old, X Games newcomer Ryan Sheckler (San Clemente, Calif.) took top honors at the X Games IX Skateboard Park Final, stunning an energetic crowd of thousands at STAPLES Center. Now the youngest X Games gold medallist in history, Sheckler’s winning run included a backside smith grind, backside 5.0, kickflip railslide, a big kickflip over the gap to a huge kickflip indy grab scoring a 93.33.

In Sheckler’s first appearance in X Games competition, he has officially become the youngest competitor to win gold in X Games history. When asked about his success and competing against other professional athletes he said, ” I just want to be humble and progress. I’m skating with guys I have looked up to all my life. The fact that I am winning is cool, but just skating with them is the best part.”

“I had absolutely no intentions of winning the X Games,” said Scheckler. “I just came here to have fun and not mess up. I hope next year is just as fun.”

In his ninth X Games appearance, Rodil De Araujo won the silver medal in the Skateboard Park Finals scoring a 92.67. His first run included a variety of tricks including a backside air disaster, switch crooked grind and a frontside smith grind to lipslide. Andrade’s second place finish is a drastic improvement from his nineteenth place finish in X Games VIII.

One of the most consistent Park skaters in the field, Chad Bartie (Gold Coast, Queensland AUS) scored a 90.67 in his first run earning him the bronze medal in the Men’s Skateboard Park Finals. Bartie’s third place finish is his best in X Games competition.

MEN’S SKATEBOARD PARK
Final Results from STAPLES Center on August 17, 2003

1. Ryan Sheckler
2. Rodil De Araujo Jr.
3. Chad Bartie
4. Chris Senn
5. Carlos De Andrade
6. Austen Seaholm
7. Colt Cannon
8. Kyle Berard
9. Caine Gayle
10. Rick McCrank
11. Greg Lutzka
12. Caswell Berry
13. Dayne Brummet
14. Pat Channita
15. Henrique Candido
16. Daniel Vieira
17. Jeff Williams
18. Nilton Neves
19. Rodney Jones
20. Eric Koston

LASEK TAKES X GAMES GOLD IN SKATEBOARD VERT

LOS ANGELES — Bucky Lasek emerged victorious amid an all star field of competitors at the X Games IX Skateboard Vert final. The competition was a fierce best-run-wins battle across the largest ramp in X Games history. Lasek’s score of 94.67 stood strong through two consecutive runs of fierce challenges from silver medallist Andy Macdonald (San Diego, Calif.) and bronze medallist Rune Glifberg (Copenhagen, Den.).

Coming off a first place victory at this year’s X Games Global Championship in San Antonio, Lasek staked his claim to first place honors during his second run. In that run he nailed a massive combo that began with a frontside rodeo and ended in a heelflip to gay twist, a move where the skater completes a 360 at the lip while taking off backwards.

“I love my fans. My fans are everything to me,” said Lasek, an X Games veteran who now holds four gold medals in his X Games career, “After nineteen years of skating, to still be progressing is a great feeling. I wasn’t expecting to win.”

Two-time X Games Skateboard Vert gold medallist Andy Macdonald claimed second place with a score of 92.67. Macdonald earned his silver by completing five successful 540’s in the final run, landing the last 540 backwards to reserve his spot among the winners. Macdonald, like Lasek, is also one of the X Games most decorated veterans.

“All the competitors are great,” said Macdonald, “I wouldn’t want to be a judge. We are all in this together.”

Rune Glifberg took the bronze as the only international Skateboard Vert medallist of the eveni. Glifberg posted a 92.33 in his final run, only fractions of a point behind Macdonald. Glifberg’s final run included a frontside heelflip, alley-oop 540 to a McTwist, capped off with a nosegrab switch kickflip.

Last year’s gold medallist Pierre-Luc Gagnon placed fifth, and making his professional skateboarding debut, sixteen year-old phenom Shaun White placed sixth.

Skateboard Vert

Final Results from STAPLES Center on August 15, 2003

1. Bucky Lasek 94.67
2. Andy Macdonald 92.67
3. Rune Glifberg 92.33
4. Sandro Dias 92.33
5. Pierre-Luc Gagnon 90.33
6. Shaun White 89.67
7. Jake Brown 89.00
8. Bob Burnquist 85.33
9. Chris Gentry 83.67
10. Buster Halterman 74.67

KILLER B’S STING COMPETITION FOR X GAMES GOLD
Bucky Lasek and Bob Burnquist dominate Vert Doubles at X Games IX

LOS ANGELES — In one of the best skateboard Vert Doubles performances in X Games history, Bucky Lasek and Bob Burnquist, both natives of Carlsbad, Calif., skated as a team to take X Games gold, topping a field that contained many of professional skateboarding’s most accomplished athletes.

Lasek and Burnquist, who earned silver medals in Vert Doubles at X Games VIII, dazzled the jubilant crowd at STAPLES Center, completing a series of synchronized aerial and rail tricks that landed them far ahead of the competition. Bucky Lasek and Bob Burnquist, also know as the “Killer B’s”, earned a massive 96.67 score on their last run. The run contained a clamshell revert, tailside revert, nosegrab, frontside revert, flip to fake board transfer line that will inevitably stand as a marquee moment for X Games IX and the crowd of 25,800 at STAPLES Center.

On hand to support the contestants were five-time doubles champions Andy Macdonald and Tony Hawk. Macdonald and Hawk did not compete this year, clearing the way for a new team to reign at the X Games Vert Doubles competition. Lasek and Burnquist put together a run that rivaled Tony and Andy’s previous first place runs.

“We wish Tony and Andy would have competed,” said Burnquist. “But we appreciate their support. We love the X Games. It was a great run.”

Rune Glifberg (Copenhagen, DEN) and Mike Crum (Long Beach, Calif.) took the silver medal by posting an 89.33 in their first run, executing a heelflip frontslide, a McTwist, a synchronized 180 to a nollie 360, capped by an impressive over under. Glifberg also won a bronze medal Friday, August 15th skating solo at the Skateboard Vert competition.

Buster Halterman (Wellsville, Penn.) and Neal Hendrix (Redonodo Beach, Calif.) took third place, completing a clamshell tailslide, an over/under, and two consecutive 360s. Three teams including Halterman and Hendrix were tied for third prize with scores of 86.00, but Halterman and Hendrix were awarded the bronze because they had the highest next-best score among the pairs knotted at 86.00.

X GAMES IX SKATEBOARD VERT DOUBLES
Final Results from STAPLES Center on August 16, 2003

1. Bucky Lasek/BobBurnquist
2. Rune Glifberg/Mike Crum
3. Neal Hendrix/Buster Halterman
4. Anthony Furlong/Jesse Fritsch
5. Sandro Dias/Cristiano Mateus
6. Mathias Ringstrom/Max Dufour
7. Paul Zitzer/Juergen Horrwarth
8. Lincoln Ueda/Tas Pappas
9. Jake Brown/Pierre-Luc Gagnon
10. Chris Gentry/Danny Mayer

HAWK MAKES HISTORY AT X GAMES IX BEST TRICK FINAL
Living Legend Tony Hawk Makes First-ever 900 Within Competition Time to Win Gold

LOS ANGELES — Before the X Games IX Skateboard Vert Best Trick final, Tony Hawk had landed the 900 twice at X Games competition. However, both of those 900s came after the allotted competition time. Hawk (Carlsbad, Calif.) landed the first post-buzzer 900 at X Games V in 1999, again in 2001, but today he landed the trick for the first time ever within official competition, winning the X Games gold medal atop an elite field of skateboarding’s best athletes.

In dramatic fashion, Hawk busted out the 900 with seven seconds left on the clock. The crowd at STAPLES Center erupted as Hawk, making history once again, landed the flawless 900 smooth. As the clock hit zero, Hawk tossed his helmet to his ecstatic fans and walked off the ramp with first place honors in Vert Best Trick for the first time since X Games V. Hawk has won more medals than any athlete in X Games history. Today he won his tenth gold medal and sixteenth medal overall. Hawk expressed his intention to retire from competition and focus on other endeavors.

“I’m happy to go out with a bang,” said Hawk. “It’s nice to know I went out doing something I love with the 900. I’m just glad I finally got one in legitimately within time. I was happy to land a trick, any trick out there. If I do well, that’s enough.”

Jake Brown (Sydney, Aus.), who finished fourth, came close to landing what would have been a revolutionary tailgrab 900, but was unsuccessful. At a recent competition in New York, Brown broke his tailgrab fingers. When they fully heal, the door could be open for Brown to land the 900 with a grab.

“Jake’s 900 attempt represents the perseverance that all the guys have when they set a goal,” said Hawk. “It’s the progression of the sport. I’d like to see lots of guys out there doing 900s.”

Hawk landed two other major tricks, contributing further to his legacy as the sport’s most important modern innovator. Before his 900, Hawk landed a stalefish fakie to fakie 540 and a frontside cab aerial revert, two tricks never seen before in X Games history.

Sandro Dias (Santa Ana, Calif.), who won second place in Best Trick Vert at X Games VIII, took the silver once again, landing an incredible varial McTwist alley-oop to solidify his place on the podium. Eight-time X Games gold medallist and former Tony Hawk Vert doubles partner Andy Macdonald (Carlsbad, Calif.) took third place, with a run that included a huge varial to fakie.

SKATEBOARD VERT BEST TRICK
Final Results from STAPLES Center on August 17, 2003

1. Tony Hawk
2. Sandro Dias
3. Andy Macdonald
4. Jake Brown
5. Bucky Lasek
6. Rune Glifberg
7. Pierre-Luc Gagnon
8. Danny Mayer
hin official competition, winning the X Games gold medal atop an elite field of skateboarding’s best athletes.

In dramatic fashion, Hawk busted out the 900 with seven seconds left on the clock. The crowd at STAPLES Center erupted as Hawk, making history once again, landed the flawless 900 smooth. As the clock hit zero, Hawk tossed his helmet to his ecstatic fans and walked off the ramp with first place honors in Vert Best Trick for the first time since X Games V. Hawk has won more medals than any athlete in X Games history. Today he won his tenth gold medal and sixteenth medal overall. Hawk expressed his intention to retire from competition and focus on other endeavors.

“I’m happy to go out with a bang,” said Hawk. “It’s nice to know I went out doing something I love with the 900. I’m just glad I finally got one in legitimately within time. I was happy to land a trick, any trick out there. If I do well, that’s enough.”

Jake Brown (Sydney, Aus.), who finished fourth, came close to landing what would have been a revolutionary tailgrab 900, but was unsuccessful. At a recent competition in New York, Brown broke his tailgrab fingers. When they fully heal, the door could be open for Brown to land the 900 with a grab.

“Jake’s 900 attempt represents the perseverance that all the guys have when they set a goal,” said Hawk. “It’s the progression of the sport. I’d like to see lots of guys out there doing 900s.”

Hawk landed two other major tricks, contributing further to his legacy as the sport’s most important modern innovator. Before his 900, Hawk landed a stalefish fakie to fakie 540 and a frontside cab aerial revert, two tricks never seen before in X Games history.

Sandro Dias (Santa Ana, Calif.), who won second place in Best Trick Vert at X Games VIII, took the silver once again, landing an incredible varial McTwist alley-oop to solidify his place on the podium. Eight-time X Games gold medallist and former Tony Hawk Vert doubles partner Andy Macdonald (Carlsbad, Calif.) took third place, with a run that included a huge varial to fakie.

SKATEBOARD VERT BEST TRICK
Final Results from STAPLES Center on August 17, 2003

1. Tony Hawk
2. Sandro Dias
3. Andy Macdonald
4. Jake Brown
5. Bucky Lasek
6. Rune Glifberg
7. Pierre-Luc Gagnon
8. Danny Mayer