Blazusiak Takes Home Gold in Enduro X

August 1, 2011 9:20am
Poland's Taddy Blazusiak made one heck of a grand entrance to his first X Games appearance Sunday, helping close out the games with a gold medal in Moto X Enduro X, the newest sport at X Games 17.

"You just try to push yourself to the limit and that's what I tried to do and you had to make a decision in the split of a second," Blazusiak said. "I'm really happy, I had a steady start, I wasn't going over my head and I just worked my way through."

The debut of Enduro X was nothing short of incredibly exciting with riders racing 10 laps around a course littered with boulder fields, a pond, wood logs and bank turns.

Mike Brown, who also made his first appearance on the X Games scene this year, kept the heat on Blazusiak, finishing just 14 seconds behind the winner for the silver medal.

"It's my first time at X Games and it was great. It's fun to watch and there's always something going on in this sport. I hope we get to come back again next year and put on a good show for everyone," Brown said.

A two-time champion in the World Off Road Championships, Justin Soule was able to add more moto hardware to his collection with his third-place-finish.

"This is awesome because everyone gets to see what Enduro X is. Everyone knows what BMX and skateboarding is and now they know Enduro X so it's cool and it's an honor to be a part of this," Soule said.

The Enduro X events capped off four days of X Games 17 competition that garnered an attendance of 141,500 people in the heart of downtown Los Angeles' L.A. LIVE, beating last year's attendance of 138,525.


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 21 hours of X Games action on ESPN 3D. More than 29 hours will also be distributed on ESPN3.com.