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2021 X GAMES - DAY 4

Jul 182021

It’s official! The 62nd edition of X Games is in the books and Monster Energy riders ended the world’s premium action sports showcase with a bang on the final day of competitions.

On Saturday, team rider Ishod Wair took third place in the Men’s Skateboard Street final at the California Training Facility (CA|TF). And in this year’s X Games Real BMX video contest, Monster Energy BMX athlete Felix Prangenberg from Germany took X Games gold on the strength of a banging 90-second video part created with filmer/editor David Schaller.

These final medals round out an impressive run at X Games 2021: Over the course of four action-packed days, Monster Energy athletes claimed 20 medals (7 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze) from BMX, Moto X, and Skateboard events in the world’s premium action sports showcase.

Supported by Monster Energy as the official energy drink partner, X Games 2021 was contested as a closed-to-the-public event at three unique athlete training facilities across Southern California. Even without spectators on site, the level of riding was top notch and X Games history was written after a year of pandemic lockdown.

Here’s how it all went down on Day 4 of X Games 2021:

Ishod Wair Clinches Bronze in Men’s Skateboard Street

 

Some of the world’s most talented street skateboarders descended on the California Training Facility (CA|TF) on Saturday for the Men’s Skateboard Street final. The list of top contenders included Monster Energy’s Ishod Wair, who found plenty of obstacles to work with on the California Skateparks-designed street course.

 

Although primarily known for his boundary-pushing video parts, the 29-year-old from Bordentown, New Jersey, has evolved into a podium favorite over the past years. After all, Wair took gold on the last contested X Games Skateboard Street event before the pandemic at XG Norway 2019. Plus, he won the SLS Unsanctioned 2 street contest in April.

 

Fans already know that when Ishod gets into the zone in contests, a podium spot is usually in the cards. And that’s exactly what happened on Saturday at X Games 2021. In signature style, Wair cranked some comfortable tunes on his headphones, settled into a flow, and put down a flawless routine.

 

On Run 3 in the final, Wair put together kickflip boardslide the bank rail, frontside noseblunt the Hubba ledge, kickflip up the stair gap and 360 flip the kicker, frontside kickflip the quarterpipe, kickflip frontside lipslide the six-stair handrail, nollie heelflip up the Euro Gap, perfect switch heelflip down the eight-stair set and switch kickflip on the quarterpipe for the bronze medal.

 

Don’t ever call him a ‘contest skater’, but the certified Thrasher Magazine ‘Skater of the Year’ (SOTY) now owns three X Games medals (1 gold, 2 bronze). He has twice won the legendary CPH Open street contest in Copenhagen, Denmark (2017 and 2019), and claimed third place at the 2020 Tampa Pro street contest, his first-ever trophy in the high-profile event… and he always makes it look stylish and easy.

Felix Prangenberg Shuts Down X Games Real BMX 2021

 

For the day’s final run of medals, X Games host Jack Mitrani announced the winners of the X Games Real BMX 2021 contest. The video competition featured six top BMX riders, competing for full-fledged X Games medals with their 90-second video parts judged by an expert jury.

 

In a field of heavy video entries from some of the world’s top BMX pros, the gold medal went to 23-year-old Felix Prangenberg from Rossbach, Germany. The new Monster Energy team rider earned the win with a video part created alongside filmer/editor David Schaller.

 

The winning video entry was filmed at street spots across the German city of Cologne and accompanied by “Sleep Paralysis” by Klaplong as the soundtrack. It’s a thing of beauty and perfectly showcases Prangenberg’s unique technical BMX skills.

 

But no spoilers! Better see for yourself and watch Prangenberg’s gold-medal winning Real BMX 2021 video here. Prepare for his signature manual combos and spin tricks. Plus, a barrage of burly drops down gaps and stair sets, plus grinds down tall Hubba ledges and handrails. It’s a high-energy mix, and worthy of X Games gold.

 

After already claiming silver in Friday’s BMX Street competition at X Games 2021, Felix Prangenberg now owns three X Games medals (1 gold, 2 silver). Welcome to the team!

 

Overall, Monster Energy athletes claimed an incredible 20 medals at X Games 2021 (7 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze). The BMX team earned a whopping eleven medals, including five gold. The Moto X team took home five medals (1 gold), while Monster Energy skateboarders claimed three medals (1 gold). 

 

Congratulations to all Monster Energy athletes on a dominant performance at X Games 2021. And special thanks to the entire team at ESPN for making X Games history with this outstanding showcase for action sports. 

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