X-Games Round Up From Brazil

by Cass Waters

The X-games started this year in April 18 and ran till April 21, meaning the summer X-games are over and we will have to wait until next year for the winter X-games.

American Scott Speed stunned the field Sunday in the Ford RallyCross final at X Games Foz, storming to the front in the last lap, then pulling away to beat Toomas Heikkinen by .007 seconds to snatch a surprise gold medal in his RallyCross debut. Speed’s stunning RallyCross upset beat out such favorites as X Games medalist Travis Pastrana, defending silver medalist Ken Block, and Tanner Foust, last year’s overall Global RallyCross Championship winner. Pastrana, Block and Foust were all ousted from the event early after getting caught up in a tangle off the line in a scuttled first start.

In Moto X Freestyle, Taka Higashino of Japan grabbed his second-ever gold with a win over Australian Rob Adelberg and American X Games rookie Wes Agee. He stormed to an early lead after the first of two runs in the nine-man finals on the back of a rock-solid backflip double-grab combo and never looked back to add to his X Games Los Angeles 2012 Moto X Freestyle gold.

Earlier Sunday, Brazil’s golds came from Leticia Bufoni, who won women’s Skateboard Street to secure her first gold in a buzzer-beater over American Lacey Baker, and Pedro Barros winning men’s Skateboard Park.

Barros turned a complex concrete course into his personal playground to earn his third X Games Skateboard Park gold in four years in front of the raucous home crowd. Barros, 18, skated faster and higher than the rest of the field — as has become his hallmark over the past few years. After clinching gold when silver medalist Rune Glifberg failed to earn the 44-point score that would have tied Barros, Barros punched his board a few times then grabbed a Brazilian flag and waved it in front of the packed bleachers.

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