Bucky Lasek defends Skate Vert gold
BARCELONA, Spain -- The expanded global X Games series has been golden so far for Bucky Lasek, who won Skateboard Vert gold on the opening day of X Games Barcelona, just one month after grabbing gold in Brazil at X Games Foz do Iguaçu.
"I can't believe I just won," Lasek said Thursday. Brazilian skater Marcelo Bastos won the lip trick section of the three-part contest with a frontside Cab 5-0 grind to revert and 16-year-old Mitchie Brusco won the best trick section with a 900, the first he's ever landed on a traditional vert ramp after mastering them on the MegaRamp. But Lasek dominated the full run section, worth 50 percent of the overall score, proving that all-around skills and decades of experience still rule.
Lasek, 40, is the oldest skateboarder competing at X Games this week and now has a total of eight gold medals in his collection, six of them in Skateboard Vert; that ties him with Pierre-Luc Gagnon for the most Skateboard Vert medals in the 20-year history of X Games. Lasek has mentored both Bastos and Brusco for years.
"You know, sometimes you just feel it and I definitely felt it," Brusco said after landing both his 900 and a 360 varial 540 in the best trick competition. He learned both tricks from watching Tony Hawk, another of his mentors. "I mean, you learn from the best right? He's done a lot of damage with those tricks so I thought I'd learn them."
Lasek doesn't have a lot of time to rest after his win: He's shifting gears to compete with Team Subaru in the X Games Ford Rallycross event on Sunday.
"I'm going to have my hands full," he said, acknowledging the tough field of competitors. "But our Subarus are strong and we are going to represent."