Men’s Skateboard Park: Kieran Woolley Claims His First Gold! Luiz Francisco Takes Bronze.
As the final live event of the action-packed weekend, Men’s Skateboard Park brought together nine of the world’s leading park skateboarders for a battle at the California Training Facility. The field included Olympic medalists and former X Games gold medalists and world champions – so the crowd was in for an intense show.
But as the session unfolded, Monster Energy’s 18-year-old Kieran Woolley from Minnamurra, Australia, all but stole the show by sending it bigger and further than the rest of the pack. Plus, the young gun came into the event after recently taking silver at X Games Chiba 2022 and putting it down with a win at the Copenhagen Open bowl contest this summer.
In his third run, Woolley cemented his victory by putting together a massive kickflip varial Indy air over the massive gap from the deep end all the way into the vert extension. Responding to the trick, broadcast commentator Gary Rogers said: “I wish you could see how big that gap is in person!”
Woolley also posted a huge frontside boneless in the deep end, backside 5-0 transfer over the spine, backside 540 in the deep end, kickflip Indy into the wall ride, backside air disaster, alley-oop backside disaster the hip and a technical frontside invert revert in the deep end for the win.
“It’s so real out here, everyone was skating so good. Everyone’s skating was just next level. I am so honored to take this win with me and thanks so much for having me out here,” said Monster Energy’s Kieran Woolley upon winning Men’s Skateboard Park at X Games 2022 in Southern California.
This marks Woolley’s first X Games gold medal after earning silver at X Games Chiba 2022.
Another Monster Energy rider rose to the podium in Men’s Skateboard Park: On his 22nd birthday on Sunday, Brazilian team rider Luiz Francisco took home the bronze medal. His runs included kickflip Indy varial transfer into the bank, frontside Smith grind to tailslide into the corner, backside Smith grind the deep end, kickflip Indy body varial over the hip, kickflip Indy into the spine, kickflip backside disaster on the wall ride and a near-make double kickflip melon over the volcano for a well-deserved third-place finish.