Chris Cole wins Street League Skateboarding
MUNICH -- Chris Cole won his fourth X Games gold medal and his first Street League Skateboarding contest in front of a roaring and chanting crowd on Sunday, sharing the podium with good friends Paul Rodriguez and Luan Oliveira.
"I feel like I doubly won, because it's X Games and Street League together," said Cole, who last won Skateboard Street gold at X Games in 2007 under a different competition format. "Actually, I triple won, because Paul and Luan really inspire me in the way they skate and the way they do their thing and deal with the pressure. To be up there with those guys makes it that much sweeter."
Cole trailed Shane O'Neill after the first two sections of the competition, Flow and Control, but was the only skater in the field to land four tricks in the Impact section, where the score is based on the top four of six tricks. A kickflip backside nosegrind and 360 flip to 50-50 on the Hubba ledge helped propel him to the top as Rodriguez, Oliveira, O'Neill, Sean Malto and Torey Pudwill all fell in their final attempts.
"It's definitely nerve-wracking going into that final trick knowing you have to make it," Rodriguez said. "It's awesome to see Chris at the top because that's where he deserves to be. He found his groove today."
Oliveira's bronze is his second X Games medal, following a silver at X Games Los Angeles 2011, and he says he's aiming for a gold to round out the collection next month, when X Games returns to Los Angeles.
"It means a lot to me to be on the podium today with Chris and Paul, and it was a tough one," Oliveira said. "I worked super hard for this and was super focused. I'm stoked on third place and to be bringing a medal back to Brazil this week in the middle of a really crazy time back there."
Nyjah Huston -- the defending 2012 Street League champion who won gold at X Games Foz do Iguaçu and X Games Barcelona and also won the Street League stop in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this month -- did not compete in Munich due to a rib injury, but is expected to be back in action at X Games Los Angeles.