The second day of X Games Ventura 2024 saw 17-year-old Japanese skater Miyu Ito claim gold as the first rookie to win in Skateboard Street and nine-year-old Mia Kretzer from Australia became the youngest medalist, setting a new record by three years. Nyjah Huston also successfully tied Bob Burnquist’s record for the most gold medals in skateboarding when he earned his 14th gold and 22nd overall X Games medal. The day also saw four musical acts, including a surprise performance by MGK.

Monster Energy Women’s Skateboard Street

In a historic final, the Japanese skaters showcased their dominance of the Street discipline with the first teenage podium sweep in X Games history’s Skateboard Street competition. With five of eight skaters hailing from Japan, it was Miyu Ito who led the podium sweep to become the first rookie to win the discipline.

“It’s an honor to be here, to win a gold medal is really special for me. Thank you so much,”.

said the emotional 17-year-old Ito

Yesterday’s Women’s Skateboard Street medalist, 15-year-old Liz Akama, and 17-year-old Yumeka Oda took home silver and bronze respectively.

Men’s Skateboard Park on the SONIC Park Course

The Park competition attracted a full house, with enthusiastic fans cheering for the world’s top athletes who showcased their skills on the vibrant blue SONIC Park Course. The intensity of the competition remained high from the start, with eight athletes striving to nail their best runs before the 45-second buzzer sounded. Despite intense pressure to do well, camaraderie among the competitors shone through as they cheered each other on and celebrated their performances together.

Jose Torres during Men’s BMX Park Best Trick at 2024 X Games Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. Photo By Chris Tedesco for X Games

A favorite heading into the event, Keegan Palmer laid down a massive score in his first run for 93.00 to earn his second career X Games gold medal, which sent the rest of the competitors chasing after him for the rest of the competition. It came down to the last skater who could unseat him, Pedro Barros – the most decorated man in this field. However, Barros was unable to overtake Palmer for gold or Sorgente for silver, and settled in
the bronze position.

“It’s wild to come off a win in Budapest and then to add another gold here is amazing. X Games doesn’t get better than this, with Sorg and Pedro on the podium. I’ve grown up watching them skate. They’ve been my idols and now they’re my friends. To be able to skate against them is a dream come true and now we are standing on the podium together.“

said Palmer

Monster Energy Men’s Skateboard Street Best Trick

Today was a big moment for 22-time X Games champion and favorite going into the competition, Nyjah Huston, as he matched legend Bob Burnquist’s record for the most skateboard gold medals of all time. Huston is the most decorated skateboard street medalist of all time, and just one gold behind Shaun White and Garrett Reynolds for the most overall gold in history.

Athletes compete during 2024 X Games Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. Photo By Chris Tedesco for X Games

His best trick from the final consisted of a nollie heelflip backside tailslide to fakie.

”I forgot that I matched Bob’s record. I grew up watching Bob – he’s a legend. It’s sic to be out there skating with all the guys. I wasn’t sure if I liked the format at first but I think we all ended up liking it because when we are skating a big rail like that, it’s good to keep the flow going and pump each other up. When it all comes down to it, we are all homies out there.”

said Huston

Felipe Mota earned silver and Jhancarlos Gonzalez earned his first X Games medal and became the first Colombian to medal in X Games history with bronze.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch BMX Dirt

Brady Baker made his presence known by joining an exclusive group of BMX Dirt competitors to have clinched back-to-back gold medals. Achieving a gold medal in his rookie X Games last year, Baker joins only two other athletes in accomplishing such a feat. Baker secured his victory in the first run, showcasing a stellar run that included a cashroll whip to tabletop, 360 triple tailwhip, backflip double tailwhip and a 720 barspin catch barspin to earn a score of 94.33 – setting a high standard for the competition.

“This is crazy to be invited here the first time to be with my idols and then to come back and do it again, I can’t even describe it. The vibe last year was insane, but this year there are even more fans. It was super packed and everyone’s having a good time. So to get out here and get the opportunity to ride in front of everybody was amazing.”

said Baker

Brandon Loupos earned the silver medal spot while Mike Varga took home the bronze.

Monster Energy Women’s Skateboard Street Best Trick

The Japanese skateboarders took command of the Skateboard Street podium a second time, with Yumeka Oda, Miyu Ito, and Liz Akama shuffling the medal order in the Best Trick event. Oda claimed the victory by landing a flawless kickflip frontside feeble grind down the 10-stair handrail on her first attempt.

“This is my first time so I’m extremely happy. Thank you so much. I was so nervous to land my best trick but I made it on my first try.”

said Oda, who upgraded her bronze medal in the Street competition this morning for a gold in Best Trick

Pacifico Women’s & Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick

In the debut of Pacifico Women’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick, nine-year-old Mia Kretzer earned her first X Games gold. In a field where the oldest competitor was just 20 years old, Krestzer became the youngest athlete and medalist in X Games history, beating out Ema Kawakami who held the record for one day. Krestzer landed a cab 720 on her second try.

“I feel crazy. I feel so happy. It’s just amazing and crazy…”

Juno Matsuoka during Women’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick at 2024 X Games Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. Photo By Trevor Brown, Jr. for X Games

In the men’s competition, Gui Khury added his ninth overall gold medal and third Vert Best Trick gold medal with a body varial 900 in his first try. On the 25th anniversary of Tony Hawk’s 900, both Khury and newcomer Kawakai landed 900s.

“I was really focused, really really nervous. I was super happy to have landed my tricks. Now it’s just time to enjoy. Ventura has some of the best people and the best crowd. Ventura is so open, I get to ride my bike and also win a gold medal which is good.”

said Gui Khury

Although it was after time had expired in the competition, Moto Shibata landed a never-been-done front foot impossible Lien 540 for the crowd.

Men’s BMX Park on the SONIC Park Course

The BMX Park competition was a redemption competition for Marcus Christopher who earned his first X Games gold medal after a devastating crash that knocked him out of last year’s competition. Though Christopher’s first run would have been good enough to take the gold medal, he upped the score in his final run, which included a backflip barspin to tailwhip, flair double downside tailwhip, no-hander, backflip barspin to no-hander, flair barspin, truckdriver to lookback, lookback, 720, double downside tailwhip, flair barspin and lookback.

“I couldn’t be happier right now. I felt confident and had to work hard but this moment couldn’t be better after winning gold after last year”

Friday’s (X Games 2024 Day 1) BMX Street gold medalist Kevin Peraza earned his second medal of the weekend, jumping from eighth to second place with his second run. This medal marks Peraza’s fifth straight X Games medal in as many appearances.

Kevin Peraza during Men’s BMX Park Final at 2024 X Games Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. Photo By Chris Tedesco for X Games

Entering the competition as an alternate, Brandon Loupos earned his second medal of the weekend with bronze.

Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick

Officially the Moto X rider with the most gold medals in a single discipline, Jackson Strong surpassed Travis Pastrana and Ronnie Renner with his eighth Best Trick gold.

Rob Adelberg, Jackson Strong and Harry Bink during Moto X Best Trick Final at Men’s 2024 X Games Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. Photo By Chris Tedesco for X Games

In a night that saw a near-flawless level of technicality, Jacko’s flawless cliff hanger front flip for a 97.66 put him ahead of Rob Adelberg’s first run 96.00 for the fifth Australian sweep of the discipline.

“That was definitely the biggest one I’ve ever done so I’m pretty stoked. I wasn’t worried about a medal place – I just wanted to do it bigger than I did it before. This is my 13th year of X Games and I’m pretty amped to be back. This victory is as sweet as the first one,”.

said Jackson

Adelberg remained in the silver position with Harry Bink taking bronze.

X Games competition resumes tomorrow (Sunday 30June 2024) with six final competitions in Skateboard, BMX and Moto X.

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