Garrett Reynolds Wins 5th Straight X Games Gold in BMX Sreet
June 29, 2012
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Garrett Reynolds went into Friday afternoon’s X Games BMX Freestyle Street Finals as the only athlete to ever win BMX Freestyle Street at X Games and succeeded in continuing his dominance. The Toms River, N.J. native claimed his spot as one of the few five-peat winners in X Games history after squeezing out a gold medal final run with a score of 85.00 to beat out Chad Kerley for the top spot.
“I did the same thing I’ve been doing every year, I just went out and did what I love to do,” said a breathless Reynolds after he collapsed in exhaustion following the end of his third and final run.
After a spill off a wall in the second round, Reynolds was determined to pull off a flawless final run in an attempt to surpass Kerley’s high score of 83.00. It was all over after he landed a 540 Barspin Wallride he had missed previously, then nailed a Double-peg 270 onto the chain link fence, rotating his front wheel up and around to land hardway. Just as his run time was about to expire, Reynolds’ took a tumble as he was coming off a picnic bench obstacle. Despite the fall, the judges deemed his run worthy enough for a score of 43.00 which was enough to surpass Silver-medalist Chad Kerley by two points.
Even after being edged out of first place by a few points, Kerley, a recent high-school graduate was all smiles.
“I’m so beyond happy -- I was happy just dropping in on my first run, and it’s such a dream to be able to ride at the X Games. I couldn’t be any happier at how it turned out. I feel like I won. Garrett’s the best on the planet so I feel like I still won,” said a beaming Kerley.
The BMX Freestyle Street course featured enough obstacles to satisfy any street rider’s dream—especially that of third place winner Dakota Roche.
“I wish I could just pull up to this park and ride it every day,” said Roche. Rounding out the podium with a score of 69.00, Roche picked up his second X Games Bronze with a smile.
This year’s course included obstacles like a concrete dinosaur, a “Sir Isaac Newton” quarter-pipe, various rails, picnic tables, chain link fences, and even a water fountain.
Name Bib No. Hometown Score
1. Garrett Reynolds 5 Toms River, N.J. 85.00
2. Chad Kerley 4 San Diego, Calif. 83.00
3. Dakota Roche 6 Huntington Beach, Calif. 69.00
4. Jeremiah Smith 8 Cincinnati, Ohio 69.00
5. Simone Barraco 12 Genoa, Italy 68.00
6. Bruno Hoffmann 2 Siegen, Germany 62.00