MINNEAPOLIS (PRWEB) August 04, 2019
The Monster Energy Men's Skateboard Street finals drew massive crowds at U.S. Bank Stadium and once again proved X Games as the ultimate place to witness the current state of the sport’s progression. What’s more, the multi-layered concrete street course full of banks, rails, quarterpipes, stair sets, and Hubba ledges brought out the best in Saturday’s ten finalists.
As the defending gold medalist, Huston rode into X Games Minneapolis on a massive winning streak: He claimed three consecutive gold medals in Skateboard Street (Minneapolis 2018, Sydney 2018, and Shanghai 2019) and won the SLS World Championships in January.
But earning his fourth X Games gold in a row would prove challenging against a field of the world’s best street skaters, including Japan’s Yuto Horigome, who clinched the top spot early on.
Digging deep into his unique bag of tricks, Huston fired back with a perfect second run featuring Caballerial frontside boardslide fakie the rail, Half Cab kickflip the Euro gap, backside 180 nosegrind the ledge, backside 5-0 grind transfer the rail to bank, 360 kickflip over the kicker, gap kickflip backside lipslide on the centerpiece Hubba, blunt kickflip on the quarterpipe, Caballerial kickflip over the hip, and bigspin frontside boardslide fakie the big rail. The judges awarded Huston 88.00 points, one point behind Horigome, for a silver medal finish in what will go down in X Games history as a next-level final.
Saturday’s silver medal brings Huston’s overall Skateboard Street medal count to 16 in total (10 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). The 24-year-old from Laguna Beach also holds a gold medal in the Real Street video competition. Huston made his X Games debut in 2006 at the age of 11 and became the youngest gold medalist in X Games Skateboard Street history at age 16 in 2011. He is currently the only athlete in history to win X Games gold medals on five continents and will have his next shot at X Games gold really soon: Huston can reclaim the top spot in Skateboard Street at the upcoming X Games Norway on August 31.
With 22 Street League Skateboarding victories to his name, Huston has won more prize money on the street competition circuit than any rider in history. His street cred outside the contest arena is also impeccable on the strength of influential video parts such as Rise & Shine (2011), Fade to Black (2014) and ’Til Death (2018). In March 2019, Huston was announced as part of the official U.S. Skateboarding Olympics team to represent the United States at the Tokyo games in 2020, and is currently working on a documentary feature on his Olympics journey with acclaimed skateboard video director Ty Evans.
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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