Watch skateboarding highlights from the 2014 X Games in Austin, Texas! X Games celebrated a 20-year legacy by kicking off its first year in the Lone Star State with a skateboard vert demo by Tony Hawk and friends, plus the Vert Finals set against the stunning backdrop of the Texas State Capitol in Austin. On the first day of the inaugural X Games Austin, fans invaded downtown to watch athletes battle it out on a 60 ft-wide vert ramp.
Produced & Directed by Shannon Marie Quirk
Filmed by Shannon Marie Quirk, Daniel Martin & Casey Atnip
Edit by David Serrano
The crowd, which included a visit from Governor Rick Perry, remained strong as Columbus, Ohio native Jimmy Wilkins claimed the gold in Skateboard Vert with a score of 87.00. At 20 years old, Wilkins is the youngest Vert gold medalist in X Games history, showing off style, amplitude and riding maturity well beyond his years. Wilkins gold ended the streak of four consecutive gold medals by Bucky Lasek, who donned an “I’m hurt, not old” hand written t-shirt that referenced his current elbow injury. Coming in behind Wilkins was Sandro Dias, claiming silver, while 17-year-old Mitchie Brusco secured bronze with an impressive third run.
America’s Navy Skateboard Big Air took center stage and five of the sports’ best athletes fought windy conditions to prove who could show the best style, creativity and amplitude on massive ramp. At just 14-years-old, Tom Schaar claimed his first-ever gold with the night’s most impressive run — a memorable 720 over the gap into a 900 on the quarterpipe — earning him a score of 89.00. As the second youngest gold medalist in X Games history, he beat out Big Air legend Bob Burnquist, who as most decorated X Games athlete in history with 27 total medals, added a silver to his collection with score of 88.00. Edgard Pereira rounded out the podium with a bronze-earning score of 87.00.
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