Kyle Baldock wins BMX Dirt
FOZ DO IGUAÇU, Brazil -- Australian rider Kyle Baldock doubled up on Saturday in Brazil, following up his BMX Park win earlier in the day at X Games Foz with a gold medal in BMX Dirt on Saturday night, beating out Brandon Dosch and Ryan Nyquist. Baldock's feat is the first time a BMX rider has won two gold medals at the same X Games event since Kevin Robinson pulled it off in 2006.
The event marked the return of BMX Dirt to X Games competition after a seven-year hiatus, with a new course featuring four hits.
"All the boys love this," Baldock said, in a podium interview after the contest. "[Dirt] is where BMX came from. We needed this back and it's good that X Games made this choice. I hope they do it at all the stops."
Nyquist, the perennial favorite, led after the first of four runs after dropping in from the takeoff lip with a run that included a massive 720 barspin. Baldock overtook him in the second run with a corked 720, tailwhip to barspin, x-up, and tailwhip windshield wiper 360. He held on to his lead through the next two runs before matching his own score of 92.00 in the final run with a double tailwhip backflip, barspin tuck no-hander, x-up and no-handed front flip.
"You just try and stay rubber side down, really," Baldock said, modestly. "Riding against these guys is one of those adrenaline rushes where you have to try to contain it and try and do your best... just riding with these guys has been just like having fun for me and to pull off gold is just one of those things."
Finishing in the silver medal spot behind Baldock was Michigan BMX Dirt rider Brandon Dosch. Dosch, who previously competed in BMX Park competition at past X Games, landed an opposite 720 over the first set, to double tailwhip over the second set, to a corked 720 spun in his normal direction over the last set. Dosch scored 91.00, edging Nyquist into the bronze-medal position.