Enduro X at X Games Austin 2014
On Friday afternoon, Enduro X athletes battled a challenging course -- and the Texas sun -- for a chance at X Games glory in the first day of competition at Circuit of the Americas.
Enduro X favorite and defending champion Taddy Blazusiak collected his fourth X Games gold medal on Friday in a hard-fought battle. Mike Brown held the inside line out of the first turn, but Blazusiak overtook him before the end of the first of 10 laps.
Kacy Claims Gold
Kacy Martinez dominated the women's action in Enduro X, distancing herself from the field to win X Games gold for the first time.
Four Of A Kind
"I had to give it everything I had," Taddy Blazusiak said of his fourth X Games gold medal. "It was such a close race, and a gold medal again; that's the fourth one I'm going to hang on the wall, so what can I say ... I'm super happy."
Cody Webb, Silver
Following up on his breakthrough 2014 season, Cody Webb finished second for a second straight X Games. He now has five Enduro X medals but has yet to win gold in the event.
Alfredo Gomez, bronze
Alfredo Gomez was once a rising star on the world-trials scene and even won the 2011 Junior Trials World title, which is reserved for riders 21 and under. He has now turned his attention to the extreme and indoor enduro scenes, where he is a top-five rider in both. He proved his mettle on Friday at Enduro X, where he won bronze.
Women's bronze, silver
Making her sixth X Games appearance, 18-year-old Rachel Gutish -- who said she skipped her high school graduation and a chance to break her high school's pole vaulting record at the Indiana state high school track and field championships to be at X Games - finished behind silver medalist Sandra Gomez Cantero to win bronze.
On his way to a fourth Enduro X gold medal, 31-year-old Taddy Blazusiak used a blistering run in the second heat of Round 1 to earn himself a place in the finals.