X Games Top Moments, 1995 - 2020
Looking back at 25 Top Moments from X Games
From humble beginnings in 1995 in Rhode Island, the X Games has since circled the globe as the leading action sports events worldwide, producing countless historic moments from a diverse set of top athletes across the numerous sports that call X Games home. We're looking back at our top 25 that stand out.
#25 Justin Seers: First Gold Medal at X
X Games was born on June 24, 1995. Justin Seers earned the very first gold medal; it came in Barefoot Jumping.
#24 McGrath vs Buyten Step-Up Battle
In 2004, Jeremy McGrath bested Matt Buyten in an epic Step Up duel at X Games. Buyten twice dislocated his shoulder and both men took a record 17 attempts.
#23 Ryan Williams
At X Games Minneapolis 2019, Ryan Williams took a third straight BMX Big Air gold with an NBD backflip drop-in to nothing front bikeflip over the gap and frontflip flair on the quarterpipe.
#22 Moto X Freestyle 360 Debuts
What a night: Moto X Freestyle electrified 40,000 fans inside L.A. Memorial Coliseum at X Games 2003, when Travis Pastrana and Brian Deegan landed the first 360s in contest history.
#21 Colin McRae Roll-And-Go
Colin McRae, alongside co-driver Nicky Grist, pulled a dramatic roll-and-go just yards from the checkered flag during the 2006 #XGames debut of Rally Car. He finished a mere .22 seconds behind winner Travis Pastrana.
#20 Ryan Sheckler: Youngest Gold Medalist
In X Games 2003 Skateboard Park, Ryan Sheckler became the youngest gold medalist in history: 13 yrs, 6 mos. The record stood for 14 years.
#19 David Rinaldo: Backflip Body Varial
Frenchman David Rinaldo blew minds at X Games Minneapolis 2019, landing the only backflip body varial in history. He took gold in Moto X Best Trick, his first X Games medal.
#18 Leticia Bufoni: Home Country Gold
At Foz do Iguaçu 2013, Leticia Bufoni claimed her first X Games gold; it came before her home-country fans. She stomped the last run of Skateboard Street to win.
#17 Shaun White: Skate Vert Gold
With his final run, Shaun White edged Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Bucky Lasek for gold in X Games LA 2011 Vert.
#16 Kevin Robinson: First Double Flair
Kevin Robinson landed history's first double flair in X Games 2006 BMX Vert Best Trick. K-Rob earned his first XG gold with the trick.
#15 Jackson Strong: Moto X Frontflip
After riders crashed 3 straight years attempting frontflips at X Games, 19-year-old Jackson Strong nailed it at Los Angeles 2011 a contest-first on a dirt bike.
#14 Birth of X Games Big Air
Brought to life by Danny Way, Big Air debuted at X Games 2004 in downtown Los Angeles. Way took gold, but we were the winners: Big Air has been a staple of X Games ever since.
#13 James Foster: Backflip Triple Tailwhip
At X Games Minneapolis 2017, James Foster did a never-been-done backflip triple tailwhip on the gap to barspin triple tailwhip on the quarterpipe for BMX Big Air gold. It was 2017's No. 1 X Games moment.
#12 Bob Burnquist: Best Skate Vert Run
Perhaps the best vert run in history, Bob Burnquist beat two-time defending champ Bucky Lasek for X Games Philadelphia 2001 gold, stunning the crowd and analysts.
#11 Chuck Carothers: Moto X Body Varial
Chuck Carothers performed the impossible at X Games LA 2004, earning gold with the first body varial in freestyle motocross history.
#10 Jake Brown: 47ft Big Air Slam
The slam felt 'round the world. Jake Brown landed history's first 720 on the Big Air gap at X Games 2007. Then came a 47-ft crash. But Brown somehow walked off, then returned for Big Air gold in 2009-2010.
#9 Dave Mirra: Triple Gold
Dave Mirra was the first to win 3 gold medals at one X Games: Park, Vert & Vert Doubles in 1998. The feat's so rare that only 3 have done it.
#8 Brighton Zeuner: Youngest Gold Medalist
At X Games Minneapolis 2017, Brighton Zeuner became the youngest gold medalist in history, 13 yrs, 1 day. It came in Women's Skateboard Park and broke a record older than she was.
#7 Colton Satterfield: Big Air Double Flair
Colton Satterfield landed a double flair while his inspiration and only other person to do the trick, Kevin Robinson, cheered from the #XGames announce booth. The gold came at Austin 2015.
#6 Mike Metzger: Moto X Backflip
In 2002 in Los Angeles, Mike Metzger linked together back-to-back backflips, the first Moto X backflip at X Games.
#5 Nyjah Huston: Hardflip
At the 2013 X Games Barcelona, Nyjah Huston bests P-Rod by a point on the final trick of the Men's Street comp.
#4 Mat Hoffman: No-handed 900
In 2002 in Los Angeles, Mat Hoffman lands a first ever no-handed 900 in BMX Vert.
#3 Mitchie Brusco: First Skate 1260
At the 2019 X Games Minneapolis Mitchie Brusco lands the first skateboard 1260 in history on the QuarterPipe of the Skateboard Big Air final.
#2 Travis Pastrana: Moto X Double Backflip
The first motorcycle double backflip in a competition (and just second overall) came in Best Trick and was 1 of 3 gold medals Pastrana scored in 2006, along with Rally Car and Moto X Freestyle. He became just the third athlete to earn 3 gold at one X Games; no one has done it since.
#1 Tony Hawk: First 900
In 1999 at X Games in San Francisco, Tony Hawk lands the first ever 900 on a skateboard in Skateboard Vert Best Trick.