Strong Makes X Games History With Front Flip

July 29, 2011 9:20am
Australia's Jackson Strong inked his name in the X Games history books Thursday night as he landed the first frontflip during Moto X Best Trick. The move earned Strong a gold medal in what was only his second appearance at X Games.

"I was going to be pumped whether I took first or last place, it was just my goal to do a front flip at X Games," Strong said. "I think everyone saw how deep I had to dig. I had to hang on tight for that landing for sure."

Strong led the way for an Australian sweep of the Moto X Best Trick podium with Cameron Sinclair taking X Games silver with a sweetly executed knack-knack double backflip. The bronze medal went to Josh Sheehan who also landed a double backflip.

"I worked super hard for X Games because I've always wanted a gold medal and this is the best feeling in the world," Strong continued.

In Moto X Best Trick riders compete in a best of two run format, with the best of their two scores counting in the end.

X Games 17
In its ninth year in Los Angeles, X Games 17 will feature more than 200 athletes at competition venues and event spaces including STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The 17th annual action sports competition to be held in Los Angeles July 28 – 31 and will debut the new discipline of Enduro X, as well as the first-ever rally street circuit running through the downtown area.ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition. In addition to the 25  original hours in high definition, the Worldwide Leader in Action Sports will also televise 18 hours of X Games action on ESPN 3D. More than 25 hours will also be distributed