X Games 16 Skateboard Vert Women's Final An Adrenaline-Filled Skateboard Vert Women's Final Kickflips Gaby Ponce to Her First Gold Medal at X Games 16 Los Angeles, Calif. - The Skateboard Vert Women's Final at X Games 16 featured the top...
X Games 16 Skateboard Vert Women's Final
An Adrenaline-Filled Skateboard Vert Women's Final Kickflips Gaby Ponce to Her First Gold Medal at X Games 16
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Skateboard Vert Women's Final at X Games 16 featured the top eight athletes who pushed each other to try new tricks as well as the McTwist. While no one landed the McTwist, that didn't stop Gaby Ponce and last year's champion Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins from attempting to be the first female to successfully complete the trick in competition. Owning the Final from the second she took the ramp, Gaby Ponce claimed gold for the first time, improving upon her bronze finish in 2009.
"I was so nervous that I was up all night," said Ponce. "This is the biggest contest for women's skateboarding. The McTwists I tried today were the closest I have ever gotten because I was so pumped."
Ponce's method and momentum featured plenty of hangtime and awesome tricks, including a huge backside blast, double kick, nose grab, gay twist, back-to-back airs and efforts to stick the McTwist. Silver medalist Adams Hawkins impressed the packed NOKIA Theatre with her kick flip indies and multiple attempts to grab the elusive McTwist. At one point, the audience chanted "Twist, Twist," and her last chance ended with her skateboard getting caught and dangling from the safety net.
"Women's Vert was awesome this year as we are pushing the envelope and progressing every year," Adams Hawkins said. "The new format gave us all a chance to work on something towards the end with the 5-wall max for ten minutes."
Karen Jonz finger flipped to indy and landed in third place to take her fourth X Games medal in bronze.