News 2 Aug 2009

X Games: Loza wins Best Trick as Aussie Bilko finishes second


Loza won with the Electric Death, but Bilko deserved the gold

Loza won with the Electric Doom, but Bilko deserved the gold

In STAPLES Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers won three straight championships, Kyle Loza followed suit.  Once again utilizing his “Electric Doom to Kiss of Death” trick, the sequence that won gold last year, Loza notched an 89.20 to successfully defend his first place status.

“It was pretty much the same thing as last year, but if you look at the video, it’s different,” noted Loza.  “But I struggled with the landing and my hand blew off, so I didn’t think I’d win.”

“My first medal was really crazy.  You never forget your first medal.”

Blake Williams was given an 88.00 score and a silver medal for his “Flying Dutchman,” a 360 Indian Air trick.  Spontaneously naming the trick at the post-event press conference, Williams explained how that same loose attitude helped his achieve podium success, 

“Tonight I came here and thought, ‘just stick my trick and let everyone else do what they’re gonna do,’ “said Williams.  “I’ll wait until tomorrow and then hopefully have more to celebrate.”

Todd Potter earned a bronze medal with an 83.40.  

All three riders dedicated their medals in memory of the late Jeremy Lusk, 

Todd Potter Bronze, 
“I’m so pysched.  I’ve got five total X Games medals.  Either way, I’m happy about the finish.”