Garrett Reynolds wins BMX Street gold
By Dave Doolittle
Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 6, 2014
American Garrett Reynolds added another gold medal to his already impressive collection Friday afternoon in the BMX Street competition at Circuit of the Americas.
Reynolds, 23, came into the finals after leading the first round and saved his best run for last in the finals, scoring a 90.66 to take his seventh X Games gold.
It was the New Jersey rider’s first gold medal on American soil since 2012 in Los Angeles. He won gold last year at the Barcelona X Games and also took the top spot in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.
Dakota Roche, who entered the finals in fourth, and Dennis Enarson took bronze.
Round 1 report: Defending BMX Street gold medalist Chad Kerley was bumped out of the inaugural X Games Austin final on Friday afternoon, finishing eighth after a big fall in the first round.
Garrett Reynolds, 23, out of New Jersey, was the leader after the first round with an 87, which he scored on his first run. Reynolds, who took silver at last year’s Los Angeles games, was followed by Ty Morrow with an 85.33 and Dennis Enarson who had an 84.66.
In the first round, the 12 riders each made two 50-second runs with their best score counting toward their overall ranking. The top six riders advanced to the final, which is taking place immediately following the first round.
Kerley needed to match or tie 83.33 after falling while riding backward in the first round. The fall sent Kerley crashing off the course and into a cameraman, but both got up quickly uninjured.
Rounding out the top six was Dakota Roche, Jeremiah Smith, who took bronze last year, and Broc Raiford.