Day 2 marks firsts and lasts at X Games L.A.
LOS ANGELES -- X Games is always a place for firsts and on Friday at X Games Los Angeles, Morgan Wade got his first X Games gold medal in the GoPro BMX Big Air.
This X Games also marks the last for some things: It's the event's final visit to Los Angeles, with a move to new host city Austin, Texas, in 2014. The Big Air competition also marked the final career competition for BMX legend Kevin Robinson, who's retiring after this event. Robinson took sixth on Friday, but he walks away with 10 X Games medals, including the first BMX Big Air gold handed out at X Games.
"I'm so excited about being a part of this great label of X Games," said Robinson. "I'll continue to support it, be an analyst and just be out to support my friends."
Wade won gold with a backflip superman over the gap and a massive triple tailwhip on the quarterpipe. "I just love to go as high as I can out of that quarterpipe," said Wade. "I'm stoked that it worked out and glad that going big does something with the judges."
Earlier this year, Wade got silver at X Games Munich and bronze in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. "Now I have a medal of every color this year," he said.
Vince Byron got the silver medal with a 540 double tailwhip on the quarterpipe and Zack Warden took bronze by landing his patented backflip bike flip to late tailwhip on the gap, followed by a triple tailwhip on the quarterpipe.
"Seeing Byron and Morgan pushing the height-meter up there was awesome," said Warden, who won a gold at X Games Barcelona and Foz do Iguaçu this year. "I've looked up to Morgan Wade since I was a kid and to be here and see him win the gold medal is something I'll always remember."
Colton Satterfield continued his string of progressive gap tricks at X Games Los Angeles when he landed the world's first 360 no-handed backflip to late barspin over the gap portion of the MegaRamp. Satterfield finished in fifth place.
Moto X Speed & Style
Nate Adams topped his first X Games podium since 2011 in Moto X Speed & Style with a win over Blake "Bilko" Williams. Adams beat out Lance Coury in the quarterfinals and Andre Villa in the semifinals.
Adams is the most decorated Moto X rider at X Games, with Friday's win bringing his total to 16 medals.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet," Adams said. "The last three years have just been really tough. A lot of injuries. I'd kind of given up on myself. I knew I could still ride but didn't really believe I was back on the top level. It's been an awesome couple days. Something like this happens and you totally redeem yourself."
Adams injured his left arm in 2011 after winning both Speed & Style and Moto X Freestyle at X Games Los Angeles 2011, then he dislocated his right shoulder a few months later in a nearly career-ending injury.
Williams got the early lead out of the gates in finals, then outperformed Adams on the first of four laps with 360 nac-nac variation, but he blew his lead after a crash in lap three that left Adams as the clear winner.
Mike Mason's attempt at a sweep of the 2013 Moto X Speed & Style events was thwarted early in the event when he tangled with Matt Buyten in quarterfinals, sustaining damage to his rear brakes. Buyten apologized after dashing Mason's gold medal hopes, then promptly lost to Williams in the semifinal round and again to Villa in the bronze medal consolation round.
Moto X Step Up
Ronnie Renner collected his fifth X Games gold medal in Moto X Step Up, topping out at 38 feet, 6 inches. That's short of Renner's world-record mark of 47 feet, set at X Games L.A. in 2012, but it was enough to edge past X Games Munich gold medalist Libor Podmol and Renner's longtime rival Matt Buyten, who took silver and bronze, respectively.
Renner now has more Step Up golds than any other athlete.
"This one's pretty special to me because my whole family's here," Renner said. "Last year my boys weren't here. Don't get me choked up. I'm as motivated as ever, man."
Renner's father was in the crowd, his first time at X Games in a decade. "The old man was pressuring me in practice," Renner said. "He was like, 'That's it? You've gotta go higher than that.' And that's what I need sometimes."
Five riders stepped up to the bar with an opening jump set at 28 feet. The mark was bumped to 31 feet with all riders clearing, then 32 feet, enough to oust Bryce Hudson.
Josh Hansen went out next, at 34 feet, and Buyten held on until 37 feet, 6 inches. That left Renner and Podmol to battle it out at 38 feet, 6 inches. Renner cleared it effortlessly; Podmol missed on both attempts.
Street League Skateboarding prelims
Any questions about Nyjah Huston's state of recovery after missing X Games Munich with a rib injury were put to rest on Friday as Huston earned the top qualifying spot for Saturday's Street League finals.
"I'm absolutely back to 100 percent," Huston said, after posting the highest score in the Flow section and dominating the Impact section of the Street League Skateboarding prelims. "My ribs don't bother me at all anymore and I'm really looking forward to the finals tomorrow."
Paul Rodriguez, the current Street League World Tour overall leader, finished prelims behind Huston in second place, just ahead of Luan Oliveira in third.
Street League finals take place Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET.
Information from XGames.com's Colin Bane and Dave L'Heureux was used in this report.