Men’s Skateboard Park
Young talent continued to shine in the highly competitive Men’s Skateboard Park final. Riders from Australia, Japan, and the United States attacked the California Skateparks-designed course in a heated jam session.
When the dust settled, a young ripper from Australia held it down against the best of the best to claim his first X Games podium: 18-year-old Kieran Woolley from Minnamurra, Australia.
Known as a true all-terrain vehicle that can ride street and ramps, Woolley hit the course with alley-oop frontside 5-0 grind the extension, frontside feeble grind the deep end, backside crossbone air, frontside boneless, frontside nosegrind transfer the extension, Indy heelflip, frontside Smith grind the deep end, frontside invert, Indy varial heelflip and a technical eggplant revert the deep end for the silver medal.
Before claiming his first X Games medal, Woolley took second place at Cowtown’s 2022 PHXAM contest. You may also remember him knocking over a cameraman at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, where he finished in fifth place. Woolley won the Red Bull Cold Bowl contest in Philadelphia in December 2021 and was voted New Gen of the Year in the 2022 Skater of the Year Awards by Australian Slam Magazine.
Also rising to the podium, defending gold medalist and Monster Army rider Liam Pace from Tucson, Arizona, had to show his grit in the final. On his very first run, the 21-year-old injured his foot and finished the competition limping.
Nevertheless, Pace persevered and claimed his spot in the top three with a solid performance. Moves like frontside feeble and backside Smith grind the corner, Indy 360 air the hip, nosegrind transfer the extension, Indy 540 the deep end, backside 50-50 transfer the corner, crossbone air to tail, frontside air revert the hip and Caballerial disaster earned the Monster Army rider a well-deserved third place.
Pace made headlines by winning Skateboard Park gold at X Games 2021 and also won bronze in the 2019 U.S. Nationals.