Monster Energy Athletes Head to Spain: X Games Barcelona 2013

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27 Monster Energy athletes out for Gold in Skate, Moto, BMX and Rally events.

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Jamie Bestwick - Gold X Games Foz do Iguacu 2013

The Monster Energy team is in Spain this weekend, out for domination as X Games Barcelona 2013 gets underway. The crew will compete across skateboarding, BMX, rally, and moto disciplines as the event gets started today and runs through Sunday, May 19.

This year X Games is a truly global endeavor, with a total of six events all over the world. Winter events in Aspen and Tignes have already gone off, as well as X Games Foz do Iguacu just last month. This is the first time X Games has hit Barcelona, and later this summer events will be held in Munich, Germany and Los Angeles, Calif.

Visit Monsterenergy.com for a full athlete list and bios. Key highlights include:

Pierre Luc Gagnon (PLG) will be hungry for a return to the top of the podium in Skateboard Vert. A four-time gold medalist in the event and a focused trainer with dialed bag of tricks, PLG will be one to watch in the event.

Street League Skateboarding brings real street skating to X, and the Monster Energy team is stacked with legit podium threats. Nyjah Huston took gold at X Games Foz Do Iguaçu, and his teammates Chris Cole, Shane O’Neill, Peter Ramondetta, and Ishod Wair are some of the best in the game, all capable of strong medal finishes. Expect tons of excitement in this event.

Over in Skateboard Big Air, Jake Brown will be coming in hot off a Bronze medal finish at X Games Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. Always explosive and fun to watch, he’ll be hitting the mega rap’s huge gap and quarterpipe as he backs up his strong finish in Brazil (notably, he took two-straight golds in ’09 and ’10).

Monster Energy BMX was hugely successful last month at X Games Foz do Iguacu, so look out for more podiums this weekend in Barcelona. Kyle Baldock took two golds (BMX Park; BMX Dirt), and Pat Casey backed him up in Park by taking a Gold. Meanwhile on the BMX Vert ramp, Jamie Bestwick will again lead the charge. He’s earned a record seven straight gold in the event—including one last month at X Games Foz Do Iguaçu—and is undoubtedly the favorite heading into the event.

In Rally Car Rally Cross, Liam Doran and Ken Block will hold it down for Monster Energy. Block took the silver last year at X Games Los Angeles after fighting through a crash and flat tire, and Doran is an eternal threat in the event—look out for the two drivers come Sunday.

In Moto X Best Whip, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg will be back to take what will make a fourth-straight X Games gold in the event, his most recent in Brazil. Monster Energy swept the Best Whip podium in Brazil: Twitch Gold, Edgar Torronteras Silver, and John Hansen Bronze.

Taka Higashino will be back for more domination in Moto X Freestyle. He took gold in Los Angeles and again in Brazil. His crazy rock solid backflip, the trick that clinched the gold for him last year at X in Los Angeles, is very hard to beat.

Monsterenergy.com will be the spot for tons of updates on the Monster Energy crew at X Games Barcelona 2013. Throughout the four-day event the site will be loaded with behind-the-scenes updates and exclusive photos and videos straight from Spain.

For interview or photo requests contact Kim Dresser (kim.dresser(at)indiepragency(dot)com) or Paul Brewer (paul.brewer(at)indiepragency(dot)com).

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About Monster Beverage Corporation:

Based in Corona, California, Monster Beverage Corporation is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Beverage Corporation supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Beverage Corporation including all of its drinks at http://www.monsterenergy.com.

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