Double backflipper Cam Sinclair will head the Aussie charge at X Games 16 this weekend, while countryman and defending Freestyle gold medalist Blake 'Bilko' Williams has been ruled out of the event.
Victorian Cam Sinclair will finally get the opportunity to achieve his childhood dream of an X Games medal in Los Angeles, California, this Friday night at the Staples Center.
Sinclair missed the opportunity to compete in the world’s most prestigious action sports event last year, after suffering serious injuries in an accident the week prior while competing in the Red Bull X Fighters competition in Madrid, Spain.
Under rotating his now signature trick, the double backflip, Sinclair suffered a ruptured liver, severe head injuries and multiple broken bones.
However after intensive rehabilitation the 25-year-old is determined to land the worlds most dangerous action sports stunt once again and be only the second person in the world ever to do so at the X Games.
Sinclair’s incredible determination to make a full recovery fueled by his desire to win a medal in the biggest competition in the world, against the very best.
“My dream to win an X Games medal is what motivated me the most to go to rehab day in and day out, to get back on the bike after Madrid,” Sinclair said. “Now this weekend I’ll finally get my chance. I have been thinking about this moment for a long time, I just can’t wait to get out there.”
While winning a medal in Los Angeles this Friday is Sinclair’s ultimate goal, he admits the incredible competition in X Games will make achieving this no mean feat.
Incredibly, even the double backflip may not be a guaranteed medal winner in the current world of Freestyle Motocross. With Sinclair contemplating pushing the realms of what was previously believed to be impossible by including variations to the stunt mid air, he wont comment at this late stage as to what his exact plans are for the event.
“The X Games is as good as it gets for action sports in the world,” Sinclair continued. “To be selected out of only eight in the world is a huge achievement for me after everything I’ve been through, but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.
“I’d love to be able to ad trick combos to the double flip, but it will all depend on how I’m feeling on Friday and if I can lay it on the line. We’ll see what happens.”
Joining Sinclair in a list of talented Australians at X Games will be renowned stuntman Robbie Maddison in Freestyle, Jackson Strong in Best Trick and Freestyle, Clint Moore in Best Trick and Jarryd McNeill in Best Whip.
However in disappointing news for Aussie fans, defending Freestyle gold medalist Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams has been ruled out of the 2010 running.
The defending freestyle champion and silver medalist in Best Trick broke his collarbone in late June when he failed to land a cliffhanger backflip in the third round of the Red Bull X-Fighters in Moscow.
Williams rushed back to the U.S. to have the collarbone surgically repaired with a plate and began an intense rehab program with the hopes of being prepared for X16, but he aggravated the injury while hitting smaller, warm-up jumps Thursday and cannot compete.
“I was just cruising around and my bars got a slight bit of head shake – not even enough to make me go sideways – and that gave my arm a gentle tug,” the Victorian told ESPN FMX. “I felt a harsh tearing sound and grinding feeling followed by immediate weakness and pain.”
An MRI revealed that he had torn his labrum and ripped out one of the sutures used to repair the collarbone.
“If I had hit a ramp, it would only be a matter of time before the strain of doing tricks would have finished it off, and I could have very well been hanging off my bike when it did tear, with no chance of getting back on,” Bilko explained. “That could have ended in more severe injuries.”
As has been the case in the past, Williams was unwilling to let the setback get him down.
“I will be back next year to claim back what I believe is mine… another X Games gold medal!”
X Games 16 will be televised live in Australia, check www.espn.com.au for detailed listings.