Top names withdraw from X Games L.A. events
Several last-minute lineup changes ought to shake things up Friday as X Games Los Angeles 2013 continues into Day 2.
Bob Burnquist has the most medals in X Games history -- including the Skateboard Big Air bronze he won Thursday night -- but will not be participating in Skateboard Vert because of a broken nose he suffered in the final round of Big Air. Burnquist was unavailable to comment on pulling out of the competition, but took to Twitter on Friday morning to post an update for fans who saw his slam and and his bloodied, swollen face on the MegaRamp on Thursday.
"Thanks for all the love and support out there! Broke my nose and face but I'm OK," he wrote. "Heart and soul are smiling. Time for some rest."
Sixteen year-old Jono Schwan, who competed in Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Big Air as an X Games rookie in 2012, is in as Burnquist's alternate.
Javier Villegas crashed while practicing a Cordova backflip Thursday before the Moto X Freestyle competition and briefly lost consciousness. He went into surgery for a broken and dislocated hip as the contest was getting underway, according to his Twitter post Thursday night, and will also miss Friday's Moto X Speed & Style event, with Matt Buyten in as an alternate.
"The pain is over 9000," he wrote. "Pain and disappointment."
Brian Deegan has a more heartwarming excuse for withdrawing from his Moto X Step Up competition on Friday and letting Brian Foster in as alternate: he's busy cheering from sidelines at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, where his son Haiden "DangerBoy" Deegan is competing in the 51cc Class 4- to 6-year-old age group.
Haiden took eighth place in Moto 1 and won his Moto 2 race on Thursday and will also be racing Friday. Dad's expected to arrive in Los Angeles late Friday night, in time to compete in the Gymkhana Grid event Saturday and the Ford RallyCross SuperCar event Sunday.