Skateboarder Nyjah Huston's bid to sweep this year's Street League was cut short when he was forced to withdraw from X Games Munich because of heavy bruising on his ribs after he fell down stairs while skateboarding on Saturday, ESPN announced Tuesday.
Huston's mother, Kelle Huston, told ESPN that Nyjah bruised and scraped the right side of his torso from the fall, but X-rays came back negative. Barring further injury, Huston should be ready to compete in the next Street League competition next month in Portland, Ore. Kelle Huston said Nyjah could not jump or ollie and therefore would not be able to compete this weekend. Huston also posted an Instagram photo of his bruised upper body.
Huston won the first three 2013 Street League competitions, taking gold at X Games Foz do Iguaçu, then winning his second gold of the year at X Games Barcelona, and finally claiming his third-straight victory at the Street League stop in Kansas City, Mo., this month. His recent dominance in Street League, plus winning the overall title in 2010 and 2012, made him the heavy gold-medal favorite in Munich.
Huston's absence allows a deep field of competitors to go for the top spot. One of the challengers is Paul Rodriguez, who nearly beat Huston in Barcelona but was thwarted by Huston's last-minute heroics. Huston scored an 8.5 on his final trick to overcome Rodriguez, who was sitting in first place at the time. Rodriguez then finished third at the following Street League event in Kansas City this month.
Other possible gold medalists include the 2011 overall Street League champion, Sean Malto, who is coming off a disappointing eighth-place finish in front of his hometown crowd in Kansas City. X Games Barcelona bronze medalist Manny Santiago and exciting Brazilian Luan Oliveira are also contenders.
Street League at X Games Munich kicks off with the Select Series on Thursday, which gives skateboarders who were not invited to the main Street League competition a chance to claim a spot with the elite group. Street League prelims are Friday, culminating with the finals on Sunday.