One of the biggest crowd pleasers went off last night on a much improved layout inside the Staples Center. Some of the more well known, or perhaps more infamous riders to enter the contest in the past, such as Travis Pastrana and the oven mit-wearing double-backflip attempting Scott Murray did not make appearances this time around. Instead there was a mainly new stable of talent who were willing to defy gravity and shock the audience with new or rarely seen trickery.
The young and very talented Levi Sherwood made his best attempts with a huge backflip kiss-of-death that had near perfect extension. Had this been any other contest, the Kiwi’s move certainly would have placed him in the running for a medal, but the bar is set a little higher at X. Other back flip combos executed by Todd Potter and Rich Kearns were also not enough to be in the running. Instead the top four positions were between two non-flip and two insane flip tricks.
By now, most have seen Robbie Maddison’s body varial, and this was the same trick that he brought to the table for Best Trick. As luck would have it, it was also the maneuver that Clinton Moore brought as well. But the executation was far different. While both riders stayed on two wheels, Maddo’s landings were far smoother. To push his ranking further, on his second attempt, Maddison landed in a can-can, which raised the excitment level through the roof. Next to displace Moore was Taka Higashino, who twice pulled off a flawless backflip-seat-grab-indian-air, bolstering his bronze medal ranking.
But at the top of the list was Cam Sinclair, who was able to pull off one of the few double backflips in Best Trick history, solidly sticking the landing.
Note: Paris Rosen attempted a front flip and had one of the scariest crashes caught on camera in a long time. Fortunately he was eventually able to walk away from the crash, but there were a few very tense moments in the stands.
Gold – Cam Sinclair
Silver – Robbie Maddison
Bronze – Taka Higashino