Instagram at X Games Austin
Instagram set up a portrait studio inside the athlete lounge at X Games Austin 2015 to immortalize competitors, and gold medalists, throughout the week in trademark, playful Instagram style.
Angie Marino has been a rallying force to get women's BMX Park added to the X Games. It's not a medal sport yet, but Marino and other women participated in a BMX exhibition this week in Austin. Marino also helped start a magazine for women in BMX.
Jamie Bestwick is used to being in the spotlight: On Friday in Austin, he went for a record 10th consecutive gold medal in BMX Vert, but he had settle for silver behind winner Vince Byron.
A break in the action
Behind all the hustle and bustle of X Games, athletes do manage to find a few minutes of downtime to relax and hang out with their friends -- like skateboarder Mitchie Brusco and BMXer Steve McCann, here, posed here with their support posse before the Big Air action began.
Bucky Lasek has a lot to think about. The 10-time X Games gold medalist, who's been competing at X Games since 1997, competed in Skateboard Vert (he got 12th place) and Rally Car Racing (he didn't advance past the last chance qualifier) at X Games Austin 2015.
Former X Games Skateboard Park gold medalist Curren Caples was a podium favorite in Austin, yet he says he was surprised to win his second gold on Saturday. "I'm kind of shocked," Caples, 19, said after winning. "I didn't have a lot of confidence going in. I felt like I was really behind everyone else."
Daniel Dhers is all smiles, and for good reason: He has earned five X Games gold medals since 2007 and he's one of the most consistently dominant BMX Park riders out there. On Saturday, he placed eighth in BMX Park in Austin.
Libor Podmol had a good week in Austin. On opening night, in front of the Texas State Capitol, he three-way tied for silver in Moto X Step Up by clearing 33 feet. After winning Moto X Step Up gold in Munich in 2013, Podmol became the first Czech athlete since 1995 to win an X Games gold medal.
Anthony Napolitan has been a regular in BMX Big Air at X Games for years, but last year, he made a comeback to BMX Dirt. On Saturday in Austin, Napolitan narrowly missed the podium in BMX Dirt and ended up in fourth.
Samarria Brevard, 21, represents the next generation of women's skateboarding. On Saturday in Austin, she competed in Women's Skateboard Street but didn't advance to the finals.
While the majority of skaters at X Games focus on one discipline, Tom Schaar signed up for three events in Austin. He got bronze in Skateboard Big Air on Friday, just missed qualifying for finals in Skateboard Park on Saturday, and he is competing in the debut of Big Air Doubles on Sunday. At 15, Schaar is the third-youngest athlete competing at X Games Austin 2015.