On Thursday at The STAPLES Center, Sandro Dias’ first run was good enough for Gold, as the Brazilian took home the X Games title in the men’s skateboard vert showdown. Bob Burnquist nabbed silver and Bucky Lasek took home the bronze. Andy Macdonald missed the podium, just 0.25 points behind Lasek.
The victory was the first X Games Skateboard Vert Gold for Dias, who won the bronze at X Games 11 and has won Vert titles multiple times at Latin X Games and Asian X Games competitions.
“I thought my score was too high, quipped Dias, when asked if he was surprised his first run was enough for the victory. “But I love the judges.
That winning run included a Backside 540 McTwist to tail, a Nar Jar 540, heelflip to frontside boardslide and an ollie to fakie.
Burnquist and Lasek both had strong runs with opportunities to take the gold, but in the end came up short. Burnquist on his final two runs fell on a switch kickflip after a frontside air to backside air.
“I feel very good about that run, because I connected every single obstacle on the ramp and it flowed all the way through, said Burnquist. “The switch kick-flip that I couldn’t land — I’ll definitely loose sleep over that because I usually can land it. I think that if I had landed that, I might have got the gold.
Lasek put together a run that included a frontside 540, kickflip fakie and a stalefish.
“My body felt good for as battered as it was, Lasek said. “I was feeling it on my third run but I was seeing about eight walls ahead of myself and fell on something easy.
Women’s Skateboard Vert Finals
Final results from X Games 12 Women’s Skateboard Vert competition at STAPLES Center on August 3, 2005
1. Cara-Beth Burnside Encinitas, Calif.
2. Mimi Knoop Encinitas, Calif.
3. Karen Jones Sao Paulo, Brazil
4. Jen O’Brien Carlsbad, Calif.
5. Holly Lyons Encinitas, Calif.
6. Tina Neff Wangen, Germany
7. Jodi McDonald Breckenridge, Colo.
8. Annie Sullivan San Diego, Calif.
Complete listings of all results and releases, plus photos from X Games 12 areOn www.espneventmedia.com.