X Games: Nate Adams adds Speed and Style gold to his haul
Nate Adams took home his second gold medal in X Games 17 by leaving all-comers behind in the Moto X Speed and Style competition Saturday.
Adams topped Mike Mason in the final race of the night, leaving Mason with the silver medal Adams won last year. Adams won thanks to his style, more than his speed, earning 90 points for his tricks throughout the race, while Mason tallied 87. Although Mason crossed the finish line first, his buffer of 1.53 seconds was not enough to overcome the three-point deficit from the style element.
Adams won the Moto X Freestyle competition Friday night, his first gold medal since winning the same event in 2004. Seven years later, he has now tripled his total gold count.
Adams beat Adam Jones and Ronnie Faisst on his way to the final. Mason topped Todd Potter and Carey Hart.
Faisst beat Hart handily in the bronze medal race to reach the podium.
In the quarterfinals, Jeremy Stenberg suffered a nasty fall on his third lap. Stenberg hit the main dirt-jump with plenty of speed, and appeared to be attempting a backflip when he separated from his bike. Stenberg, the defending bronze medalist, fell to the dirt feet-first and was carted out of the arena. An ESPN spokeswoman said he suffered a foot injury and would get X-rays.
-- Douglas Farmer
Photo: Nate Adams during the Moto X Freestyle final on Friday night. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press