The best photos from X Games Barcelona
Take a look back at the highlights from four days of action that went down in one of the new X Games global homes, Barcelona, Spain. Rain might have caused a cancellation of the RallyCross race on Sunday, but the drivers still managed to have a good time playing in the mud.
Instead of concentrating on MegaRamp gap progression, Morgan Wade, a native of Tyler, Texas, kept it stylish with a superman over the MegaRamp gap.
By winning a jump-off in Moto X Step Up against Josh Hansen on Sunday night, Ronnie Renner captured his fourth career X Games gold medal. He cleared 47 feet in Los Angeles last summer; the winning height in Barcelona was 32 feet.
In Chad Kerley's second X Games BMX Street appearance, the San Diego-based rider placed first in qualifying over Garrett Reynolds. Mere minutes later, Kerley crashed in the finals and finished just off the podium in fourth place. Kerley's command of technical nose manuals throughout the competition was unique for the discipline.
With hours of rain delays on the RallyCross course, drivers had to come up with ways to amuse themselves while waiting for the official call. Scott Speed continued his "rock, paper, scissors" losing streak against Travis Pastrana and had to moonwalk across the Rally paddock because of it.
Though Ben Hatchell failed to make the finals in Skateboard Park at X Games Barcelona, he wowed the crowd during eliminations every time he pumped through the corners and flew over every hip in the Park course.
Three-time European rallycross champion Sverre Isachsen of the Subaru Puma team was determined to improve on his eighth-place, career-best finish at X Games this week, but rain canceled the Ford RallyCross race Sunday.
Libor Podmol, Maikel Melero
With heavy rain in the morning and high wind at night, the Moto X Freestyle event Saturday night turned into a demo, but the riders still put on a show for the crowd.
After nearly failing to qualify for finals Friday at X Games Barcelona, the reigning Skateboard Street gold medalist came out on top, beating out P-Rod for the win with his final trick in the contest.
Taddy Blazusiak, Colton Haaker
Taddy Blazusiak of Krakow, Poland, has entered every Enduro X as the favorite since the discipline debuted at X Games in 2011. He has won gold twice, including last month in Brazil, but crashed off a jump Saturday after challenging Mike Brown for much of the race. Here, he is shadowed by eventual silver medalist Colton Haaker.
Canadian style master Drew Bezanson finished sixth in Saturday's BMX Park final thanks in part to high-difficulty, creative tricks like this wall tap above the lip of the course. Bezanson has competed at X Games since 2010 and is still searching for his first medal.
Mike Brown narrowly edged out Colton Haaker in the Ford Men's Enduro X final, where Brown, who at 41 was the oldest man in the race, took gold. Lesson to be learned: "Always keep pushing and moving forward," said Haaker, who earned silver.
Women's Skateboard Park made its X Games debut this week in Barcelona, where 20-year-old Lizzie Armanto scored her first X Games gold in the new event. "You're never going to master skateboarding," says Armanto, World Cup Skateboarding's No. 1-ranked women's bowl skater the past three years. "There is always more: new parks to skate, new tricks, new places."
Gary Young picked up his long-awaited first X Games gold medal Saturday in BMX Park. Young, 30, has competed at X Games for 11 years and qualified first multiple times but never sealed the deal until Saturday. He squeaked into the final on his last run, then kept it going, beating silver medalist Ryan Nyquist by two points.
Curren Caples skates the Park course with a flowing, easy style that is more surf influenced than skate influenced, which sets him apart from the rest of the field. But he's an all-around great skateboarder, with street skills to rival his ease on transition.
Young up-and-coming transition skaters such as 12-year-old Alana Smith wowed the crowd packing the stands at the X Games debut of Women's Skateboard Park in Barcelona on Saturday.
Last month at X Games Foz, BMX Vert rider Jamie Bestwick became the first athlete to seven-peat in the history of the X Games. In Barcelona, his gold-medal streak continued, and he became the first athlete in X Games history to eight-peat.
At X Games Foz do Iguau last month, Jake Brown landed the first-ever ollie 720 and got a bronze medal in Skateboard Big Air. Heading into Barcelona, Brown was considered one of the athletes capable of unseating defending champ Bob Burnquist. In the end, Burnquist won again and Brown placed fifth.
Manny Santiago isn't on the roster of pros invited to skate in Street League this year, but he has managed to skate his way into the finals at both X Games Foz and Barcelona by winning the feeder event.
Mike Mason won X Games Moto X Speed & Style gold convincingly Friday night in Barcelona against Mat Rebeaud. "It felt awesome, Speed & Style has always been my favorite event. I love getting to race a little bit with my friends and do some tricks," Mason said of his second S&S gold medal and fifth X Games medal.
UK BMX Vert veteran Simon Tabron broke his nose at the tail end of a stellar run at X Games Foz last month. In Barcelona, he recovered to fire out one of the most intense runs of his career, tying for first place with Jamie Bestwick. A tiebreaker landed Tabron in the silver-medal slot.
Street League skater Tommy Sandoval is known for his stylish rail moves and his mane of curly hair. The California-based skater competed in the Street League prelims on Friday in Barcelona but failed to advance to Saturday's finals.
Andy Macdonald, Tony Hawk
Since the Tony Hawk and Friends demo was canceled Wednesday because of rain, Hawk decided to skate in Vert practice Thursday and double handplanted with Andy Macdonald to wow the crowd.
Aussie Kyle Baldock tried to defend his BMX Park gold medal from Brazil in Barcelona. "At this X Games, I'm still not vibing on the course. I can't figure it out," Baldock said this week. "But at the same time, it's X Games, man. Who gets to come to X Games all the time? That's what I think of, and that's what makes me laugh."
X Games Foz gold medalist Pedro Barros is nursing a foot injury, but he's still primed to try for a three-peat in Skateboard Park on Sunday.
Since the introduction of BMX Street to X Games in 2008, no rider has been able to unseat Garrett Reynolds. He traveled to Barcelona and will attempt a six-peat at X Games. "It's anyone's game," says Reynolds. "There are such different ways of looking at how each person rides stuff."
Mykel Larrin began his BMX career as a BMX Park rider but quickly adapted to BMX Vert and has become a force to contend with after just a few short years. A resident of Camp Woodward in central Pennsylvania, Larrin rides with Jamie Bestwick and has a deep bag of difficult vert variations.
In Skateboard Vert finals on the opening night of X Games Barcelona, Mitchie Brusco won best trick with a 900 and earned a bronze medal. At 16, Brusco, the youngest athlete in the field, became the youngest in X Games history to earn a Skate Vert medal.