Before the X Games expanded to a global competition, a rider would have to wait an entire year to defend or reclaim the gold medal.
For Chad Kagy it only takes one run to get himself back into familiar territory. After three years of waiting his self proclaimed “safety run” got it done for him in Munich
Kagy claimed his third gold medal in BMX Big Air after Zach Warden 2013 X Games back to back gold medalist crashed on his final run.
“You know it’s interesting,” Kagy said. “Sometimes you come into a competition with all of these plans and ideas of tricks you want to use, and in the end it’s the familiarity and the safety run that gets you to the top. This win feels awesome. I have put in a lot of hard work this season and I feel amazing.”
Kagy brought home the gold by using a new trick he mastered this year – a freestyle motocross-style cliffhanger backflip over the gap and then a massive flairwhip over the quarter pipe that was enough to hold off Morgan Wade and Zach Warden who earned Silver and Bronze, respectively.