Bilko Emerges Tops in Moto X Freestyle and Grabs First Gold Medal

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Blake Williams’ ability to conquer pressure proved the difference between second place and winning the Moto X Freestyle gold medal at The Home Depot Center.

Having just watched Jeremy Stenberg earn a third round 43 to create an overall score of 86, Blake Williams matched “Twitch” with a 43 of his own. Paired with an earlier 44, that was enough to give Williams an 87 and squeeze him just past Stenberg, earning the Australian rider his first career X Games gold.

“I just had to throw it all out there and gather myself for the last one,” admitted Williams. “By the end, I was handling the pressure. I set my heart on gold and gold only. And I got it.”

For Stenberg, the highly contested silver was especially noteworthy, considering where his head often was during the competition. As Stenberg mentioned afterward, he couldn’t help but think about his close friend, the late Moto X athlete Jeremy Lusk.

“For me, it was a little hard,” admitted Stenberg. “Luckily, I’ve been blessed enough to stay healthy and win a silver. He was a great guy, a great competitor and a great friend. I dedicate this medal to him.”

For Nate Adams, the bronze medal made for his eighth podium trip in as many X Games appearances.

Author

ESPN

Date

August 01, 2009