Mitchie Brusco takes the #2 spot on the X Games Top Ten list. The 900 was first landed on a skateboard 20 years ago (at X Games, of course). The trick remains so difficult that fewer than 10 people have done it at X Games. Then came the 1080; you can count the people who have landed that trick on one hand. Now we have the 1260.
–Mitchie Brusco landed the world’s first 1260 on the quarterpipe during Run 3 of Skateboard Big Air. He crashed attempting the trick in his first two runs, and that came after crashing on it twice at X Games Shanghai. He made it look easy in his 5th overall attempt at X Games. The 1260 was part of a line that included a switch 180 over the 50-ft. gap. Despite the world’s first 1260, Mitchie took silver.
He now owns 10 X Games medals total. And 1260 bragging rights.
Misugu Okamoto takes #6 on the X Games Top Ten list. Misugu Okamoto absolutely crushed the field at X Games Minneapolis 2019, just as she’s been doing all year: The 13-year-old has won five straight major park contests.And she’s not just dominating, she’s revolutionizing women’s park skateboarding and leading a legion of teens and tweens who have completely changed the discipline.
Her victory in her rookie appearance makes her the second-youngest gold medalist in X Games history. Welcome to the Top Moments of 2019 Misugu!
Nyjah Huston takes #7 on the X Games Top Ten list. Nyjah Huston had already earned consecutive X Games Skateboard Street gold when he prepped for his final run — the final run of the entire contest — at X Games Shanghai. But he wasn’t even on the podium after Run 2 in China. He needed to crush his last pass. And of course he did, because delivering under pressure is exactly what Nyjah does.
He finished with an emphatic claim, too, raising his arms in triumph when he nailed his ender, the nollie flip noseblunt slide. There also was relief, because he nearly hung up on the trick. The Shanghai victory was his 10th X Games Street gold and 11th XG gold overall (2012 Real Street). He went on to add another gold and a silver at X Games Minneapolis, and he now has 18 total XG medals.
Vinicios Sardi takes number 10 in X Games Top 10 Moments. X Games has a long and impactful history with adaptive events. Minneapolis 2019 was the debut of Skateboard Park Adaptive as a medal discipline, and the importance of that was evident on the course. Vinicios Sardi, who was born with a congenital malformation in his legs and skates without prosthetics, took gold with tricks like an awesome sugarcane stall and a collection of handflips. It was the first time the 23-year-old Brazilian had traveled to the United States, and the tears of joy in his victory interview with Craig McMorris? Goosebumps.