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Bucky wins Back-to-Back Gold’s and Vegas Knew Before It Happened

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ESPN X Games Barcelona started the weekend off with Skateboard Vert right out of the gates.

After a win in Brazil Bucky Lasek charged the vert ramp hard, narrowly edging out Marcelo Bastos for the gold.

“I can’t believe I won,” Lasek said in a press release post event. “I’m pretty ecstatic, it’s so surreal, I feel like a priceless bottle of wine right now.”

This win gives Lasek his second gold in Skateboard Vert in the past ten years since winning the same event in X Games Brazil last month.

Rounding out to the podium was Marcelo Bastos earning Silver with an 87.58 and 16-year-old Mitchie Brusco’s 87.33 for Bronze. Brusco landed his first ever 900 in competition on a Vert ramp, capturing his second X Games medal.

One piece of info to note for the future, Mitchie Brusco is the youngest to ever medal in Skateboard Vert. Expect him to be an odds favorite in short time.

Second place Marcelo Bastos became the surprise of Barcelona. When asked about who he thought was the most impressive and surprising, Tony Hawk, legendary skateboarder, commented that it was Bastos.

It seems that the new format of best lip trick, best trick and overall run for the entire score has made Pierre Luc-Gagnon a non factor in the event. Someone who was once was a perennial threat to the podium now looks last and behind the curve of the progression of all the other skaters. PLG has always been ahead of others and at his best when Shaun White is there pushing him but the new format and no White, PLG looks like a sympathy case gaining an invite only due to name and past X Games Medal history.

For someone who has always been aloof from the media, PLG was not around for comment post event. He seems stubborn and not wanting to change his style.

Previously to the event being run, Lasek was the odds favorite to win the event per Todd Fuhrman through his website Todd’s Take.

 

Marcelo Bastos

9

to

1

Mitchie Brusco

8

to

1

Bob Burnquist

9

to

2

Sandro Dias

3

to

1

Pierre Luc Gagnon

5

to

2

Bucky Lasek

12

to

5

Andy MacDonald

7

to

1

Danny Mayer

12

to

1

 

What do you think about those odds? Do you understand them?

If you had bet on the riders who would you have bet on and why?

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