X Games 2012: Best Whip/Step Up/Best Trick

By Michael Antonovich
Photos by Michael Antonovich and Jordan Powell

History was made on night two of the 2012 X Games, as Jeremy Stenberg, Ronnie Renner, and Jackson Strong repeated their prior gold medal finishes to again claim the top spots on the podium. The night did not pass without incident, however, as injuries whittled down the field.

Best Whip

Six riders known for their skill at flinging a bike sideways took part in a quick, 10 minute “jam” session with the outcome being decided by viewers via text message.¬†Josh Hansen and Billy Laninovich represented the racing world and earned fifth and sixth for their efforts, with Laniovich’s massive look back whips surprising the masses who were unfamiliar with the privateer. Spain’s Edgar Torronteras edged Hansen by one percent of the vote for fourth place overall, but it seemed as though his corked, turndown whips were lost on viewers of the broadcast. Todd Potter, Jarryd McNeil, and Jeremy Stenberg were the heavy favorites to take the medals, and that is exactly how the event played out. Stenberg claimed his second gold medal in the event by a landslide over runner-up McNeil, and three time gold medalist Potter earned the bronze.

1. Jeremy Stenberg 32%
2. Jarryd McNeil 19%
3. Todd Potter 17%
4. Edgar Torronteras 14%
5. Josh Hansen 13%
6. Billy Laninovich 6%

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