Monster Press Release:
Tonight Pierre-Luc Gagnon (PLG) made history by winning gold in Skateboard Vert and taking home Gold in Best Trick. Happening at the Nokia Center in downtown Los Angeles, tonight marks the first time a skateboarder has won X Vert three times in a row.
When the pressure was on, PLG delivered late in the final. Needing big scores to take down Shaun White, he dropped in and chalked up a 47, and immediately followed that on his next run with a 46. Despite back-to-back 540's in his first run, what put PLG over the top was his frontside heelflip 540 body varial, a trick never done before at X Games. His second run was epic as well, and included a 720 kickflip body varial. Those two scores—nearly perfect—were unstoppable. PLG also did a nollie varial Indy 540, which secured Gold in the Best Trick.
"I was feeling good in practice, and I can't believe I pulled it off," said PLG in his post-win interview. "I'm super psyched. It hasn't really settled in!"
Check out monsterenergy.com for more on PLG and the rest of Monster Energy's world-class team competing at X Games 16.