Burnquist Takes Gold
LOS ANGELES- It was an emotional rollercoaster in the STAPLES Center this evening as close friends Danny Way and Bob Burnquist battled each other for the Skateboard Big Air gold medal. In the end it was Burnquist who dropped in for a switch backside ollie over the 70-foot gap, to indy 360 on the quarterpipe earning him a first place finish with a score of 96.00.
Danny Way kept the crowd on the edge of their seats as he came back from two crashes on the quarterpipe, eventually sticking a backflip over the gap to a frontside 540 on the quarterpipe, bringing the crowd to its feet. Danny’s triumphant last run earned him a score of 94.00, enough to take second place.
Jake Brown made a remarkable showing with a backside no-grab 360 to an 18-feet-eight-inch high mctwist on the quarterpipe, ending him with a score of 91.33 for the bronze.
The skaters fed off each others’ energy and pushed each other’s limits throughout the final.
“It’s all about pedal to the metal with this event. That’s what Danny Way is all about and that’s what Jake Brown is all about, so I had no choice but to push it,” said gold medalist Bob Burnquist.
“That was full throttle. That was the craziest competition I’ve ever seen,” Jake replied to Bob’s statement.
Highest landed quarterpipe air of the night goes to Andy Macdonald, who celebrated his 31st birthday with a 22-foot-two-inch air above the coping.
1. Bob Burnquist / Sao Paulo, Brazil / 96.00
2. Danny Way / San Diego, Calif. / 94.00
3. Jake Brown / Carlsbad, Calif