Supposedly there were 110 million viewers tuned into the X Games worldwide, so I think anyone with a computer probably saw the X Games on the tube.However, after the slight distaste I developed for the X Games over the weekend, I really don’t feel like writing a story about who did what. Instead, here is a list of the five best and worst things I saw all weekend followed by the results.
1. Gary Young, for numerous reasons. The fact that he’s a Dirt Bro. and he placed second, he rode super-fast and tricked every single obstacle, and he would’ve ridden the same way even if he wasn’t in a contest.
2. Girls—need I say more? It was hot and sunny so they were hardly dressed.
3. Ryan Nyquist’s 540-truckdriver straight into a 720 over the box. Ryan was already spinning the 720 when everyone was still grasping the 540-truck. He also did a suicide-540 after his victory run.
4. Apparently the riders had a choice if they wanted to be filmed by the army of cameras surrounding the course, or by a guy on rollerblades. It was kind of funny seeing the guy roll around the course with a Sony VX2000 with a death lens trying to keep up with a speeding Gary Young.
5. The contest format was finals-only so each rider only had two runs—which meant I could get out of the sun faster.
1. Security: Ironically, I would’ve had an easier time shooting photos in downtown Los Angeles on a weekday with a pack of riders ten deep than I did at the X Games—even with my press credentials. For those of you who are unaware, shooting photos or video at the X Games is a nightmare because during the finals (when all the serious shit goes down) the media get shuffled into the “media corral,” which is guaranteed to be the area with the worst angles possible. This is why Props video magazine and TransWorld Skateboarding don’t cover it.
2. Sunburn: The general rule of thumb when shooting outdoors on a sunny day is to try and keep the sun behind you. The result is nicely lit photos and a leatherneck.
3. Horrible angles: I think I explained this one thoroughly in number one.
4. Only two runs—even though the sun was grilling me. On the flip side, I would have liked to wwatch everyone ride some more.
5. I figured that some riders might’ve had a few new moves up their sleeves, but to my dismay, there really weren’t any new tricks unveiled and no outrageous transfers or even a “trick of the contest.” Well, except for Morgan Wade’s tailwhip to the wall.
X GAMES IX BIKE STUNT PARK
Final Results from STAPLES Center on August 16, 2003
1. Ryan Nyquist
2. Gary Young
3. Dave Mirra
4. Chad Kagy
5. Van Homan
6. Rob Darden
7. Morgan Wade
8. Bruce Crisman
9. Alistair Whitton
10. Brian Foster