Garrett Reynolds wins BMX freestyle street title
Never mind that most riders attempt risky maneuvers to gain an edge. Reynolds has his priorities shelved elsewhere.
But after Friday’s competition, Reynolds can return home accomplished and in one piece. He collected his second X Games gold medal after defending his title in the BMX freestyle street final at Home Depot Center.
"I could get third, I could get last -- I don't really care," he said chuckling. "At the end of the day, it's just biking. I'm going to ride my bike tomorrow. As long as I don't hurt, I'm super-psyched to go home safely."
Reynolds and Van Homan, last year’s silver medalist, were in virtually deadlocked through six scores in the first two sessions. Homan opened with a manual down the 12-stair handrail, earning him a perfect score in the first session.
Reynolds responded with a trademark move, tossing two barspins 360-degrees down heading down the stairset. He also produced a tucked no-hander to icepick, which is a grind on the back peg only.
Reynolds says it was the first time he recorded a perfect score.
But as the event wore in the third session, Homan teetered a bit and Reynolds continued posting consistent numbers to run away with the win.
The change in format did little to affect Reynolds' approach, he said.
Previously, each session ran seven minutes long in a jam format, with competitors rushing to post scores. This year, each person was assured 10 attempts per heat. The top three scores in each session are combined to produce a session total.
Like last year, the competition started with a dozen riders, and it dwindled to six for the second heat.
“It was super good,” said Reynolds, who recorded a combined score of 419. “I liked it.”
Ty Morrow, who took the silver medal, scored 412. And Homan, who finished third last year, took the bronze medal (403) after dropping a second place lead he held through the first two sessions.
Homan trailed Reynolds by one point after Session 2.
“Van’s amazing,” Reynolds said. “He’s one of my favorite riders from when I was little. Still look up to him. Still a huge fan of Van’s riding. He’s just that sick. It’s awesome riding with him.”
-- Mario Aguirre from Home Depot Center
Photo: Garrett Reynolds lands his jump on way to a gold medal in the BMX freestyle street final. Credit: Harry How/Getty Images