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X Games 15: P-Rod Reclaims His X Games Skateboard Street Title

By August 2, 2009

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ESPN ImagesIn the Skateboarding Street competition, each skater gets 10 attempts per session to land tricks on a specific set of street obstacles. The top three scores from each session get added to their overall score. Paul Rodriguez unleashed a flurry of switch tricks early on that earned him top scores, and had him leading the pack going into the third session. Unfortunately, the final set of street obstacles, consisting of two steep banks and a 12-step staircase, seemed to cause problems for nearly all the competitors, including P-Rod.

Going into the final attempts of the third session, Rodriguez had failed to land more than two solid tricks. Fourteen-year-old Nyjah Huston pulled a kickflip back lipslide on the rail on his ninth attempt, putting him into the lead, but in the final moments P-Rod nailed a switch heelflip down the stairs, that propelled him into first and the gold.

Its like an itch that finally got scratched. Its been four years [since I won Gold], Rodriguez said, adding with a nod towards second place finisher Huston, Its good to know that I can still hang with these youngsters.

Adam Dyet, who skated and crashed equally as hard throughout the contest, was in fourth going into his last run, but a nollie full cab down the stair set earned him high scores, pushing Rodolfo Ramos out of medal contention just as the session came to a close.

Ryan Sheckler, whose first place standing from last year prequalified him for the finals today, skated the contest with an injured back. After multiple falls in the first session, he seemed to be warming up going into the second session, landing a switch heelflip and a nollie heelflip backside 180 down the three-flat-four staircase. A bail on the 8th of his 10 allotted trick attempts left him visibly shaken, and a hard fall on his last attempt caused him to roll his ankle. He did not move on to the third session.


August 13, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(1) Chad says:

I think it is Great that Paul Rodriguez jr. reclaimed his Gold medal.

February 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(2) tristan gregory says:

i wish tony hawk would be in the contests

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