You debuted a huge new trick as a part of your run that certainly helped your cause, but the rest of your routine was solid, as well. Can you pinpoint why you were able to come in and be so dominant this year?
I honestly don’t know why tonight. I work really hard to be ready for this every year, but you just never know how your run will compare to the other guys. I knew the Rock Solid flip would be good, but I was thinking top-three, if I’m lucky. No way first place. I can’t believe this! I hope it’s still real when I wake up tomorrow [laughs].
Did you execute your entire run as planned, or were you forced to change things up at any point?
Yeah, I had two different runs planned with different tricks, and I got through them both with no mistakes. I was for sure nervous, but I remembered all my tricks, and stayed pretty smooth. It’s good.
It’s definitely good. Real good! In fact, your two runs were the two highest scoring of the final. The silver medal actually went to the third highest scoring performance.
That’s crazy. I don’t even know what to say. These guys are the best in the world. I feel lucky to even compete with them, so it’s difficult to understand why it all came together tonight. I’m so happy, and so thankful to all my sponsors who helped me get here.
In the event that run number one didn’t go well, did you have any other new tricks up your sleeve to up the ante in run two?
[Laughs] No, no, no… That was all my tricks. I did everything tonight.
You finally got your X Games gold medal, so what do you look forward to next?
This was my last competition. I’m retiring now that I have the gold [laughs]. No, I still look forward to the Best Trick contest tomorrow night, but more than that I look forward to getting married soon. I also get my green card this September, so I’ll continue living in the U.S. and riding dirt bikes. It’s the best.