Mr. Consistency: Rune Glifberg Takes X Games Skateboard Park Bronze Medal
This year’s X Games marked the 18th edition of the tried-and-true action and motor sports event. One man who’s been a consistent figure at the contest: Rune Glifberg. The 37-year-old Denmark native has competed in every Summer X Games since its conception. Glifberg took the bronze medal in the Men’s Skateboard Park, bringing his X Games medal tally to 11. He had previously won the event in 2008 and 2009.
Glifberg won his opening heat sending him to the finals to square off with eventual winner Pedro Barros along with Ben Hatchell, Kevin Kowalski, Ben Raybourn and Andy Macdonald. Glifberg had a strong showing in Los Angeles, but ultimately finished behind Barros and Hatchell.
“I’m super stoked to be back on the podium after a couple years of not getting in there,” Glifberg said after his bronze medal performance. “The course was a little better for me this year, with some bigger stuff and more continuous fast lines, so it kind of worked in my favor. I was stoked to see Pedro and Ben, and Raybourn and Kowalski and Andy Mac in the finals … all the guys were ripping, so it was really fun. Skateboarding is so universal and I believe there’s always mutual respect going in all directions. I think most skateboarders feel that way, and of course we all get inspiration from each other. I love watching these guys skate, and hopefully they enjoy watching me ride, too.”
Gold medalist Pedro Barros echoed Glifberg’s sentiments and was impressed with the Danish skater’s performance in the finals.
“It was gnarly. Everyone was skating so good. Glifberg was skating the bowl like it was butter, and Hatchell was out there with his super tech tricks. It was just an amazing finals.”
Congratulations to Rune on his impressive 11th career X Games medal and a great weekend in Los Angeles.