FOZ DO IGUAÇU, Brazil -- Australia's Kyle Baldock rallied to his first X Games medal Saturday in Brazil, holding off four Californians and a highly decorated Venezuelan to take home the gold in BMX Park.
"I can't tell you how I pulled it together," the Gold Coast native said right after the victory, highlighted by tailwhip flairs, corked 900s, and a backflip 360 early in the event. "Practice was pretty hard for me because I don't ride courses like this. But seeing everyone throw down made me want to get out there. And to actually pull it together? Against Pat [Casey]? I have no words. I'm going home the happiest Aussie ever."
X Games Los Angeles 2012 BMX Park bronze medalist Pat Casey stalked Baldock for much of the final jam session with stylish barspin flairs and double tailwhip 270 transfers. But during his final push for the top of the podium, Casey lost his line and settled for the silver medal.
Dennis Enarson, back in the X Games after suffering a broken femur last year, returned to the BMX Park course with his brand of fast and stylish park riding and led the finals for most of the jam session. Near the end of the jam, Enarson hung his back wheel on a bowl air, and was pitched face first to the flat bottom of the park course. He declined his final run of the contest, but his score held up to earn him the bronze medal.
Battling the Brazilian heat, last year's gold medalist Scotty Cranmer failed to make the final six-man jam session, while four-time gold medalist Daniel Dhers, who hails from Caracas, Venezuela, finished fifth. X Games Foz marks the first time that a BMX Park contest was not won by either Dhers or Cranmer in the past six years.
Baldock will compete again on Saturday at X Games Foz for BMX Dirt.