Elliot Sloan Strikes Gold on Day 1 of X Games 2022
The world’s biggest action sports event is back in full swing! X Games 2022 kicked off on Wednesday with Vert and MegaPark competitions at a special location: The “Sloanyard” ramp compound created by Monster Energy team rider Elliot Sloan in his own backyard in Vista, California.
Much like last year, X Games 2022 is contested as a closed-to-the-public event. Instead of a huge stadium setting, three private facilities across Southern California host the world elite in BMX, Moto X, and Skateboarding from July 20-24.
Aside from Elliot Sloan, Monster Energy rider Axell Hodges is hosting this year at his legendary “Slayground” compound, where Moto X competitions and BMX Dirt will go down on July 21. Next up, the California Training Facility (CATF) will feature Skateboard and BMX competitions in Street and Park from July 22-24.
But make no mistake: Despite the private locations, X Games 2022 once again sets out to push the boundaries in all sports with never-been-done tricks and historic performances. Presented by Monster Energy as the official energy drink partner of X Games, the 65th edition is streamed live to a global audience. More than 110 athletes from 14 countries are competing for a total of 57 medals across 19 medal disciplines – so the action will be off the charts.
Here's how Day 1 went down for team Monster Energy at the Sloanyard: