Kagy Reclaims BMX Freestyle Big Air Gold
August 02, 2010
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Photo: Credit: Pete Demos/Shazamm/ESPN Images
Chad Kagy flies his way to gold.The competition was stiff but no one was able to go bigger or better than Chad Kagy who laid down a perfect run to take the gold medal during BMX Freestyle Big Air Finals during X Games 16 at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday night.
Kagy laid out a massive backflip tailwhip to flare whip in one run to clinch his second X Games gold in BMX Freestyle Big Air.
"It was nice to be able to go out and land my first run. It was good motivation because being able to land that first run and getting it under your belt means that you can build on top of that," said Kagy.
However, Kagy took nothing for granted as he executed a superman back flip and a superman to double tailwhip, knowing that any of the night's competition could land a solid run and take his spot.
"It's always nice to be up out in front. However, the way that we run this is that only one run counts. At any given moment, any of those guys could have bumped me out," Kagy said. "It's the first time I've ever shot to the top on the first run and then could just hang out and watch. I knew that I had other tricks on tap, but I didn't really need to do it."
Right on Kagy's tail was Steve McCann, whose double front flip to double tailwhip put him in second with the silver to follow up the silver medal that he won Friday night in BMX Freestyle Vert.
"This is the first time I've thrown that combination. Before coming to the X Games, I successfully landed that trick on my third try and did it 10 more times into the foam pit. All I was thinking out there today was, 'I hope I can do it again,'" said McCann.
Andy Buckworth's double front flip to a flair registering at 9'7 earned him the bronze.
Name Hometown Score
1. Chad Kagy Gilroy, Calif. 91.66
2. Steve McCann Melbourne, Australia 89.33
3. Andy Buckworth Lake Haven, Australia 86.33
4. Anthony Napolitan Youngstown, Ohio 86.33
5. Morgan Wade Tyler, Texas 80.66
6. Kevin Robinson East Providence, R.I. 80.00