On June 9-10, the world’s top athletes took over Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, Idaho to secure their invitations to X Games Minneapolis. Athletes competed in three disciplines – Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. Over 7,000 fans witnessed six Men’s Skateboard and BMX athletes and four Women’s skateboarders punch their tickets to Minneapolis.
The female skateboarders were the first to drop into Rhodes Skate Park, setting the bar high for the day’s excitement. Coming off of a second place finish at the Bondi Bowl a Rama, 12-year-old Brighton Zeuner was sitting in fourth place through the entire final round of runs. In the final round of competition, Zeuner knocked X Games rookie Hanna Zanzi into second place by nearly four points with the final run of competition. “I didn’t know what to expect,” said Zeuner, “I just wanted to get the crowd pumped. Thank everyone for coming!” Zeuner and Zanzi will be joined in Minneapolis by Japanese skateboarder Kihana Ogawa and Australian skateboarder Poppy Olsen.
Already qualified for X Games Minneapolis via a Big Air spot, Tom Schaar proved he is one of the most versatile skateboarders in the world by earning the top score of the Men’s Skateboard Park contest with his first run. Schaar qualified first in the eliminations on Friday as well. “I’m just happy I made it through,” said Schaar. “I can’t wait to go to Minneapolis! It’s a new spot for X Games and should be cool.” His first run score held up throughout the rest of the competition, leaving the battle for second place to Clay Kreiner and newcomer Heimana Reynolds. Kreiner earned his second X Games invite, as he is already qualified for the Vert competition as well. Tom Schaar, Clay Kreiner, Heimana Reynolds, Tristan Rennie, Alex Sorgente and Brad McClain all earned invites to Minneapolis.
In the final competition of the day, the BMX athletes upped the amplitude in the park with a mix of flips and whips. X Games rookie Nick Bruce surprised the crowd by taking the top spot in front of perennial X Games BMX Park medalists Daniel Sandoval and Kevin Peraza. Bruce qualified first in the elimination and rode that momentum all the way through the final. Sitting in second place behind Sandoval, Bruce threw a run highlighted by a huge downside flairwhip in the final run of the competition to seal his spot atop the podium. “I feel like anyone here is capable of taking the win as long as they stay on the bike,” said Bruce. “That’s what’s so exciting about BMX is that really anything can happen.” Sandoval and Peraza settled for second and third, while Mike Varga, Colton Walker and Pat Casey also earned invites to Minneapolis.
Fans can catch Boise Park Qualifier recap coverage as part of the World of X Games content series June 18 on ESPN2 and June 25 on ABC, as well as across X Games digital and social platforms.
The Road to X Games Boise Park Qualifier is part of the World of X Games content series, which features a variety of X Games and athlete-focused content. For the most updated schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com and follow along X Games social channels.