On fire over the weekend, Elliot Sloan, Tyler Bereman, and Stephanie Pietz – all Weedmaps sponsored athletes – elevated the 2017 X Games as they lit up the crowd at Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium.
A first for Minneapolis, the X Games initially cultivated their traveling roadshow of hybridized competitors in 1995. Produced by ESPN sports, athletes participating in the X Games excel in three thrill seeking arenas: skateboarding, BMX, and motocross – a.k.a. Moto X, for the uninitiated.
Sloan Pulls Off First-Ever Indy Tail Grab 900
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Man what an epic weekend to say the least. First off, I'm so stoked to see everyone pushing it so hard and everyone wins when we all walk away safe from skating that ramp. Thank you @xgames for finally getting this thing back inside where it belongs 🙏🏼 Congrats @tomschaar & @claykreiner you guys are freagin' legends! Also congrats to the @rockstarenergy homie @kelvinhoefler on winning street 🙌🏼 Thank you everyone that tuned in, has reached out, or left a comment here. So much love for all my fiends and family 💙💛💚❤️💜 Also, Thanks to all my sponsors for all the support and helping me live this dream 🙏🏼 Can't wait for next year ✌🏼 #Xgames 2017 was one for the books 🍻💥 #RockstarEnergy @wmsk8 @birdhouseskateboards @triple8nyc @mrm_usa @boneswheels @thundertrucks @globebrand @bonelessproducts @dakine @randomshardware @mobgrip
An annual summertime showdown for today's adrenaline fueled millennials, the Minneapolis X Games were nothing short of historic. Elliot Sloan, a man on a mission, won gold after smoking the competition during the X Games' Big Air event. After blazing down a 27-foot-high quarter pipe, Sloan threw down the first-ever Indy Tail Grab 900 before the spellbound crowd. A mesmerizing trick that left the audience in awe, Sloan stepped up and stomped it like a boss.
Moto X Goes Big
Higher than most in the Moto X Quarter Pipe High Air Final, Tyler Bereman boosted his Weedmaps sponsored Kawasaki KX450F 341.00 inches above the earth during Sunday's final. Then, after blasting his 4-stroke Kawasaki high enough to snatch the Silver medal, Bereman hit the gas and whipped his WM bike into a respectable third place during the Sunday finals of the 'Moto X Best Whip' competition. Once the Twittersphere was done casting their electronic vote, Bereman secured a respectable third place.
No Medals, But Plenty of Honor
While the flat tracking female phenom, Stephanie Pietz, missed qualifying for the semifinals by one spot, she noted on Instagram, “I rode hard, kept it shiny side up, and gave it everything I had.” Ultimately a winner for helping shatter gender barriers in the world of flat track racing, few doubt that Stephanie will be back next year.
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Thanks for the bitchin pic from yesterday's practice! @mouseandthemotorcycle 👌🏻 . Super pumped I got to meet and ride with these bad ass babes! @leticiacline @malaryyy 👯💋 . . This whole experience was absolutely amazing! I was one spot away from qualifying for the semi-finals. I rode hard, kept it shiny side up, and gave it everything I had. 👊🏻✊🏻. Im already getting ready for next year! Thank you again to everyone that helped make it possible ❤️ @suicidemachineco @fitzarmyfmx @weedmaps @mollywaterco @harleydavidson @xgames @broken_homme @bell_powersports @daineseofficial
A four-day competition featuring insane tricks and live music, the 2017 X Games organizers claimed approximately 110,000 frenzied fans enjoyed the Minneapolis event. Scheduled to return next year to the same venue, organizers and designers will no doubt be busy dreaming up some crazy new ideas for 2018's gravity defying X Games.