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In what is quickly becoming an international sport, Japan’s Taka Higashino made history on Day 1 at X Games LA 2012 becoming the first Japanese rider to win at X and claiming the first gold medal at X.

Higashino took all of 5 seconds into his first run to show the judges this was his night to take home to gold medal when he opened up with a Rock Solid Backflip, a new combo variation never landed in competition.

“This is my last competition, I’m retiring now that I have the gold,” Higashino said jokingly. “Now I’m looking forward to getting my green card on Saturday.”

Taka will look to take home two gold medals this week as he looks to Moto Best Trick Friday night in primetime.


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