Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 03, 2019
Third times the charm! Monster Energy congratulates Lizzie Armanto on her strong bronze medal finish in Women’s Skateboard Park at X Games Minneapolis 2019 on Friday night. In front of a high-energy crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, the 26-year-old from Santa Monica, California, took the podium spot in what commentators called the discipline’s most competitive final in X Games history and claimed her third career X Games medal.
Respected as one of the trailblazers of women’s skateboarding, Armanto came into Friday night’s Women’s Skateboard Park competition as a top contender. Her 2018 season included milestones such as first place in Women’s Skate Park at Nitro World Games 2018 and her momentum continues: A recent second place in the Dew Tour Long Beach Olympics qualifiers in June and third place in the Vans Park Series event in Montreal boosted Armanto’s confidence to face the world elite of park riding in Minneapolis.
But it was not going to be easy. A new generation of talent is shaking up the established order in women’s park skateboarding – spearheaded by young riders such as 13-year old Misugu Okamoto and 12-year-old Sky Brown – pushing the level of progression to new heights. But as a pioneer of the sport, Armanto came to Minneapolis with a deep bag of tricks and the right lines for the sprawling park course featuring a variety of banks, hips, wallrides, extensions and the deep vertical bowl corners where she is known to thrive.
After coasting through the highly contested semifinal on the strength of her signature flow, high airs, and versatile trick selection, Armanto stepped into the six-rider final keeping a few extra moves up her sleeve. In the 18-minute jam session, riders were judged by overall impression and consistency, so the recipe for success was staying on while covering the entire park posting big and creative tricks.
Armanto stood out from the rest of the pack by ways of her trick selection and choice of lines through the concrete park course. Using every angle of the park, Armanto peppered each of her runs with different trick variations, all the while most other finalists stuck to variations of the same routine.
When all was said and done, the judges rewarded Armanto’s versatile display with the bronze medal, convinced by standout moves such as backside ollie transfer to boardslide over the hip, frontside air transfer into the bank, huge backside crossbone air over the volcano, frontside nosebonk, frontside invert and eggplant in the deep end, backside 5-0 grind over the doorway, frontside boneless on the bank, and a spectacular backside air transfer to handplant over the hip.
Friday night’s bronze medal brings Armanto’s X Games count to three medals overall (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze).
Armanto took gold in her X Games debut in Barcelona in 2013 and claimed silver at X Games Austin in 2016.
Outside of the contest arena, Armanto has opened doors for women’s skateboarding by becoming the third woman to appear on the cover of Thrasher magazine and the first on the cover of TransWorld Skateboarding magazine. In 2018, Armanto made history as the first female skateboarder to complete the legendary ‘Loop of Death’ obstacle in a challenge hosted by skateboard icon Tony Hawk. She also serves as a global ambassador for skateboarding in places such as India and currently endorses a signature colorway of the Vans Slip-On Pro shoe.
ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 18 hours of live X Games Minneapolis 2019 coverage. Eight-and-a-half additional hours of event coverage will be streamed live on the X Games Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages to fans in the United States. X Games Minneapolis coverage will also be accessible via the ESPN App to viewers who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Following X Games Minneapolis 2019, ABC will show four hours of programming on Saturday, August 10, as part of the World of X Games series as well as a one-hour Best of Show featuring athletic and musical highlights on Saturday, August 17.
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