X Games Day 3: Satterfield makes history, Baldock's third straight, more
This is a special edition of Extreme Exposure where we bring you updates each day from X Games Austin 2015.
The Circuit of the Americas has become ground zero for next-level performances this weekend as the X Games continue to provide a stage for the best athletes in action sports. Here’s how Friday's events turned out in Austin, Texas:
The People’s Champion
Above all else, the X Games is about progression, and raising the bar for each respective sport. And that’s what Colton Satterfield did Saturday. He became the first BMX rider to land a double flair on the mega ramp in competition, winning his second consecutive gold in the process. The 25-year-old, who hails from the small southern Idaho town of Pocatello, isn’t just progressive, he’s influential and has worked on taking his sport to the people. He and Vince Byron—who won gold Friday in vert—organized the Ramp Riot this spring in his hometown, an exhibition featuring many of the moto and BMX athletes competing at X Games Austin.
Taking it to the Streets
Alexis Sablone definitely knows how to block out distraction. The MIT grad student skated like no one was watching—of course that wasn’t the case. She dialed in her tech—a 50-50 grind out of a kickflip—and her flow—an ollie off the roof gap—to put the hammer down on her third X Games gold. “I was just trying to stay focused,” she told ESPN.com. “I had a good first run (so) on the last run I felt like I could take a risk.”
It’s All in the Name
With a name that could not be more appropriate, Scott Speed captured his third RallyCar gold medal and became the first driver ever to do it consecutively, skillfully navigating his Volkswagen Beetle through an early pileup at the first turn. The Californian is a well-rounded driver, having competed in both Sprint Cup and Formula 1.
Curren Caples likes to do things in the last minute. Just as he did in Munich in 2013, Caples grabbed X Games gold on his final run, pulling a 5-0 off the spine into a noseblunt to outlast Pedro Barros, ending the Brazilian’s hopes for a sixth gold medal. Caples, also a talented surfer from Ventura, California, will compete in the Street competition today.
Let’s Get Physical
Nate Adams made it an even four gold medals in the Speed & Style event Saturday, one of the most popular moto events at the X Games that combines racing and stylized areal maneuvers. And while finesse may win the show, physicality wins the dough, as Adams demonstrated by edging out his opponents before beating them in the air as well. "It was basically the same story each race—try to get a first-place start, squeeze the other guy out, do my tricks, and keep moving forward," Adams said.
Kyle Baldock made it official: he’s one of the most dominant riders in BMX today, not to mention one of its most versatile (he finished 9th in BMX Park). The 24-year-old Australian won his third consecutive BMX Dirt gold with a dizzying array of tricks on his best run: tuck no-hander into a backflip barspin, to late no-hander into a triple tailwhip, followed by an opposite triple tailwhip and a frontflip no-hander. Got that? Regardless the best way to understand this guy’s prowess is to check out the video.