Mike Schultz is a ANIMAL! I had to get that out first. I had the pleasure of watching my fellow snocrosser win the Silver Medal in the Adaptive moto X race. His leg that he built, equipped with a Fox shox, worked amazing, as he was one of 2 riders to go for the huge finish line Jump. SO SICK! Congrats Mike.
Any way I went out to summer X again this year and had same result as every year- I was blown away by what the athletes were doing. Travis Pastrana trying the flip 360, Anthony Napolitan Stomping the double front flip on the bike, and the best trick riders going for tricks they had never landed before. I have so much respect for these guys after being in a similar situation last winter. As I stared at my double flip ramp, questioning whether I would be walking away or leaving in the Ambulance. The thought of landing the trick you have invested so much time, energy, and heart into, out weighs the uncertainty and leaves you fully committed in hopes of making history. It is a feeling that many X Games athletes feel at least once and in Travis’ case probably every couple weeks. Haha.
We had the opportunity to go to Oakley’s Head Quarters while on our trip and I’m pretty sure it is the craziest place I have ever seen! You drive up and all you can see is a tank, yes Military Tank on the top of this hill. You drive up the hill past the tank and you see the Building, which looks like some futuristic alien Spacecraft or something. Haha. Inside it gets even better. My boy Sheldon gave us the tour of the place and showed us where they test their eyewear. So crazy, they shoot over sized BB’s at the lens of the glasses, at over 400 mph and it doesn’t do anything to it! Then they drop a 5 lbs plum bob looking deal down this tube like 5 ft down to a pair of shades on a manikin head and it hammers the lens and doesn’t shatter. Pretty sure it blast right through your eye on its way to the back of your skull if it wasn’t for the lens. That says something about there products.
A couple other cool things that went down this year at X was I got to host a X Games party in Hollywood which was super fun. I also got to hand the Medals out for both the men’s and women’s supercross. Very cool opportunity for sure. And also got to see see the Premiere of The X Games Movie in 3D - check it out August 21st.
Another great X games, want to say congrats to all the medalists and a high five to all the athletes that were there pushing their sport. It’s amazing to watch!