Los Angeles, CA – June 28, 2012 – LA Live Event Deck: Garrett Reynolds in action during practice for BMX Freestyle Street at X Games Los Angeles 2012. (Photo by Gabriel Christus ESPN Images)
If bikes could be retired, Garrett Reynolds’ bike would be the first to be in the rafters of BMX Street. For the last five years, Reynolds has dominated X Games leaving with the gold each time.
“This is a great feeling,” Reynolds said. “I didnt think I had the win today, I really thought Chad (Kerley) had it. He rode so well and I was just excited to him at his best. I just rode the best I knew how and I came out on top.”
When asked if he felt any extra added pressure to secure the 5-peat, “Ive been really relaxed all week. I ride my best when I just go and have fun. A few of my friends would tease me but I had it all tuned out and just went to ride the tricks I know and love to do.”
Second place Chad Kerley went from being an alternate last year at the X Games to a silver medal.
“Growing up, Garrett was a rider that influenced me,” said Kerley. “To be sitting here next to him with a medal is an unbelievable dream for me. Its every riders dream to be at X and I just accomplished that. My first goal is to better myself every time I ride and today my hard work brought me a silver.”
Over the years the courses have changed and the riders have brought their best tricks, but the one constant has been Garrett Reynolds at the top of the podium.
“It has been a crazy five years,” said Reynolds. “Each year there has been some tough competition. A lot of variables work for you or against you out there. It comes down to the small things and today those small things favored me.”