X Games: Nyjah Huston breaks through, grabs Skateboard Street gold
Mitchie Brusco isn’t the first 14-year-old to compete at the X Games. Nyjah Huston broke that barrier in 2009, claiming silver in the Skateboard Street competition. Last year, Huston duplicated that feat.
Huston upgraded to gold Saturday after his high run of 91.66 was enough to win the Skateboard Street finals at X Games 17.
The Huntington Beach native barely topped Luan Oliveira’s 91-point run. Huston’s opening run of 89.66 appeared as if it could win the event on its own until Oliveira provided the only other run to top it.
Defending gold medalist and San Clemente native Ryan Sheckler took bronze with a run worth 89.00.
Ryan Decenzo and Chaz Ortiz rounded out the final grouping. The five skaters made the most of an 18-minute heat with 45-second runs on the concrete plaza complete with five sets of stairs, numerous ramps and even a mock-construction site.
-- Douglas Farmer