The first-ever X Games Shanghai 2019 brings the biggest names in BMX, skateboarding and freestyle motocross together for an action-packed weekend. The world’s premier action sports spectacle reaches audiences in China and millions of viewers across the globe via live broadcasts on ESPN and partner networks.
Speaking of spectacle, it hardly gets more spectacular than BMX Big Air. Towering over the X Games event village at a total height of 73 feet, the Big Air ramp proved a crowd magnet on Saturday. Starting from a 59-feet roll-in, BMX riders sent their best aerials over the kicker gap in the structure’s middle – optionally clearing a 50-feet or 63-feet gap – before finishing their runs with massive aerials on the 27-feet quarterpipe. Each rider received four runs to post a high score – composed of the gap and quarterpipe aerials – in a final session featuring ten athletes from three countries, including six American riders, three Australians and one Brazilian.
Monster Energy’s Foster came into the event as a podium threat after winning back-to-back gold at X Games Minneapolis 2017 and 2018, plus silver at X Games Sydney 2018. But past achievements held no weight, as the level of Big Air competition reached an all-time high in Shanghai: With competitors posting perfect runs early on and newcomer Ryan Williams clinching the lead, Foster found himself trailing behind in last place as the action rolled into third runs.
Finally, Foster found the perfect run he was looking for on his third attempt: Starting from the top of the roll-in, Foster sent a huge no-handed backflip – taking his hands off the bike’s handlebar in mid-air – over the big gap, followed by a massive, 17’ 3”-high quadruple tailwhip on the 27-feet quarterpipe. The perfect landing earned Foster 87.66 points and a strong bronze medal finish.
Today’s bronze medal in Shanghai brings Foster’s X games count to six medals (two gold, one silver and three bronze). Known as a fierce competitor, the 33-year-old made history at X Games Minneapolis 2018 by landing the world’s first quadruple tailwhip on a vert ramp and stomped the first barspin downside triple tailwhip the year before. He has also proven his all-round ability by claiming bronze in BMX Dirt at X Games Austin 2016. Outside the contest arena, Foster is a regular performer on the Nitro Circus Live tour, where he performs in sold-out arenas in front of tens of thousands of spectators. When he’s not competing or touring, he likes to polish his latest moves on his private backyard ramp facility in California.
Also putting strong show in Shanghai, Foster’s Monster Energy teammate and Australian BMX legend Andy Buckworth put together a perfect routine on his fourth and final run: In the heated finals session, the 29-year-old from Lake Haven, Australia pulled a double front flip over the big gap, right into a perfect Flair aerial for 74.00 points and seventh place.
Don’t miss out when the BMX action at X Games Shanghai continues on Sunday with the highly anticipated BMX Street event: All eyes will be on Monster Energy team rider Alex Donnachie, who clinched the gold medal at X Games Sydney 2018 and became the first person from Scotland ever to earn an X Games medal. Also keep an eye on Australian new school talent Lewis Mills, who took silver in Sydney 2018 and officially joined the Monster Energy team this February. And don’t count out award-winning BMX innovator Dakota Roche who will be looking for his fourth medal in BMX Street on Sunday.
If you missed today’s live broadcast from X Games Shanghai 2019, you can watch a full replay on the official X Games YouTube channel online. Additionally, the 60-minute recap ‘Best of BMX at X Games Shanghai’ will air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on Saturday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. Fans can follow the latest news and highlights across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com and X Games pages across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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