What a weekend, X Games 16 in Los Angeles, California was awesome!! Alexis Sablone, the 24 year old from Brooklyn, took gold even though she didnt like the tea cup quarterpipe, which was modeled after a sculpture in Miami. Sablone used the stairs, rails and the stairs’ ledges en route to winning the women’s street gold medal on Sunday afternoon:
“All these girls were awesome skating” said Sablone, who finished with a silver medal last year. “I grew up skating my garage and parking lots. I never went to places like here. I was worried about it. So I did what I could and did not worry about what I couldn’t do.”
Although she was trailing Leticia Bufoni by a wide margin, she did a kickflip 50-50 rail grind to start her 86.00 winning run and did a frontside rail slide on the ledge to take the win.
“I love my kickflips,” she said. “It’s hard when things are big. It becomes a question to what tricks to try and do consistently. It was the kickflips and that rail. That definitely was my favorite section.”
Bufoni, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles who grew up in Brazil, finished second with a kickflip down the stairs and kickflip up a ramp. Evelyn Bouillart of Belgium finished third with a 50-50 grind down the rail on her final run. Covina’s Lacey Baker failed to advance from the elimination round. The Northview High School senior finished ninth overall with a best score of 60.33.
“Everything was kind of gnarly,” the 17-year-old said. “In general, I was not feeling this contest.” That said, she was the only skater to complete a 360 kickflip up the ramp and do a nollie kickflip over the gap.
The full ladies street results were as follows:
1. Alexis Sablone
2. Leticia Bufoni
3. Marisa Dal Santo
4. Evelien Bouilliart
5. Elissa Steamer
6. Amy Caron
7. Vanessa Torres
8. Abisha Alshebaiki
9. Lacey Baker
10. Lorena Lima