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X Games Minneapolis 2019 Day 3 Highlights

Aug 042019

The level of competition was off the charts on day three of X Games Minneapolis 2019. At the world’s premier action sports spectacle, Monster Energy athletes continued to claim podium spots across BMX, Skateboard and Moto X disciplines. In the ultra-competitive Men’s Skateboard Street event, defending gold medalist and Monster Energy rider Nyjah Huston walked away with the silver medal.
 
Moto X Best Trick saw Australian motocross icons Jackson Strong and Josh Sheehan claim silver and bronze, respectively, while their teammate Jarryd McNeil took bronze in Moto X Best Whip. And in the Men’s BMX Park event, Argentinian rookie Jose Torres claimed bronze as his first X Games medal. Here’s the play-by-play from Saturday at X Games Minneapolis 2019.
 
Supported by Monster Energy as the official drink sponsor for the sixth consecutive year, X Games Minneapolis is the ultimate showcase of progression in BMX, Skateboard and Moto X disciplines. Witnessed by thousands of fans on-site at U.S. Bank Stadium and millions of viewers across the globe, day three of X Games Minneapolis 2019 presented competitions on an entirely new level with several historic firsts and never-been-done achievements.

In the heated Men’s BMX Park final, Argentinian rookie Jose Torres became the first athlete from Argentina to claim a BMX medal at X Games. Covering the entire concrete course with technical tricks and creative lines, the 24-year-old from Cordoba took home the bronze medal on the strength of a perfect run. Trick highlights included barspin backflip over the spine, barspin to manual to barspin over the sub-box, as well as high-flying 360 tailwhip to barspin and frontflip over the centerpiece box. The rising star had previously qualified into his first X Games in July’s Road to X Games qualifier in Boise in July.
 
Next, the Monster Energy Men’s Skateboard Street final saw a new generation of upcoming pros challenge the world elite of street skateboarding. Defending gold medalist Nyjah Huston went blow-for-blow with Japan’s Yuto Horigome for the top spot.
 
Highlights in Huston’s perfect second run included Caballerial frontside boardslide fakie the rail, backside 5-0 grind transfer the rail to bank, gap kickflip backside lipslide on the centerpiece Hubba, and bigspin frontside boardslide fakie the big rail.
 
When all was said and done, Horigome took his first gold medal by only a single point difference while Huston walked away with silver, his 16th Skateboard Street medal (10 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). The two skateboard phenoms are already set for a rematch at the upcoming X Games Norway on August 31, 2019.

When all was said and done, Horigome took his first gold medal by only a single point difference while Huston walked away with silver, his 16th Skateboard Street medal (10 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). The two skateboard phenoms are already set for a rematch at the upcoming X Games Norway on August 31, 2019.
 
Saturday’s motocross action started with the Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick competition, in which six of the world’s top motocross freestyle riders sent their most advanced aerial stunts over a 75-foot gap. Coming in as a podium favorite, Monster Energy’s Jackson Strong unleashed a highly technical frontflip no-hander over the gap, earning him 91.33 points and the silver medal, as David Rinaldo from France took the win.
 
Strong’s teammate Josh Sheehan also came to Minneapolis with a heavy trick up his sleeve: A fully extended double backflip no-hander over the gap earned the 33-year-old from Donnybrook, Australia, 90.00 points and the bronze medal. Both Strong and Sheehan now own ten X Games medals, while Strong continues his perfect record of medaling in every Moto X Best Trick event he enters.
 
As the weekend’s final motocross event, Moto X Best Whip treated the crowd to a special aerial show, courtesy of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders. The mission: Sending the most contorted aerials, called ‘whips’, across the dirt gap in the ultimate blend of style and air time. Jarryd McNeil displayed the full spectrum of whip variations by pulling fully contorted turndown-style whips and his signature seat-bounce whips – practically flying upside down – for a strong bronze medal finish.
 
Wrapping up a spectacular day in the Twin Cities, fans enjoyed an exclusive electronic music set from three-time Grammy Award winner Diplo at The Armory music venue.
 
Stay tuned for more action popping off at X Games Minneapolis 2019. The four-day spectacle concludes on Sunday with Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing, Skateboard Street Best Trick, Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Street and Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick. Rounding out an action-packed weekend in the twin cities, The Blind Shake and Incubus will perform at The Armory on the final night of X Games.

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