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Monster athletes compete in the 2018 FMX Summer X Games in Minneapolis

Road to X- Jackson Strong

Jul 122019

Jackson Strong made his first X Games debut at age 18, now he’s a crowd favorite due to his wild style. We sat down with Jackson ahead of X Games Minneapolis 2019 to get to know the guy behind the helmet.

"It’s not how hard you hit the ground, it’s how hard you bounce back."

You recently won your 5th Best Trick gold medal at X Games Shanghai, can you describe that experience?

Shanghai was a really special one for me as 4 days before the event I was unsure if I was going to be able to compete due to an ankle injury/infection that had been giving me grief for the last 6 months. To come back and just be apart of the event and ride with my mates felt like the real achievement.

What was it like coming back to compete after your injury?

Action sports and Injury are unfortunately two things that come together. You have to pay to play and every competitor has their own battles. It’s not how hard you hit the ground, it’s how hard you bounce back.

What is the wildest most daring thing you have ever done? (on or off a bike?)

Rode through mum's garden

Are you more of a get it done or perfect it type?

Getter done son

Go Big or Style it out?

Go big or go home

What’s something about yourself that most people don’t know?

I’m scared of the dark and I can't spell very good.

Outside of freestyle motocross, what have you been getting into lately? Any new hobbies or projects filling up your time?

I like to fly planes. It’s that same feeling and rush as a dirt bike but I can do it when I’m injured.

You’ve been sky diving lately. Is this in the retirement plan?

Harry Bink and myself decided it would be a great Idea to get our skydiving license. It’s a great life experience that I recommend to everyone.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found in Skip’s pouch?

My dirt bike gloves. She steals things all the time.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You have to fend for yourselves to survive. Which two athletes would you choose to be stranded with and why?

Harry Bink so we can have fun and Josh Sheehan to supervise us.

To see more from Jackson make sure to tune into X Games going down August 2-4.

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