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.