X Games 2021 Day One News and Results

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X Games 2021 Day One News and Results

Casey and Buckworth Take Their First Golds in BMX Dirt and BMX Dirt Best Trick; Peraza Wins Third Gold in Wendy’s BMX Park; Varga Defends Gold in Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick

After a 2020 without summer X Games competition, X Games returned to action sports’ birthplace of Southern California in 2021 to host the world’s best BMX, Skateboard and Moto X athletes with a new twist. The week began at Pat Casey’s house in Riverside, California where riders competed in BMX Dirt, Dirt Best Trick, Park and Dave Mirra’s Park Best Trick. The event is closed to the public with no spectators in attendance throughout the week.

Dreamyard’s Dirt course was rebuilt for X Games 2021, with his 13 feature course transformed into a technical seven-feature jump line. Though the changes could have potentially taken away the home field advantage, Pat Casey linked together technical tricks, including a 360 downside tailwhip, truckdriver, downside tailwhip and Cash Roll. In first place after his first run, Casey held on to win his first X Games gold medal and first Dirt medal. Rookie Bryce Tryon made the most of his X Games debut, winning silver with consistency and variety in his second run just one day before his 21st birthday. Ben Wallace earned his third X Games medal, bringing home bronze, his first X Games medal since 2016. 

In BMX Dirt Best Trick, Australian-turned-SoCal local Andy Buckworth landed a double backflip, followed by a double backflip no-hander off the second-to-last jump to earn his first X Games gold medal. It was Buckworth’s second X Games medal, and first since 2009. 

After a break in the afternoon, Kevin Peraza added a third gold medal to his collection in Wendy’s BMX Park – his third in the discipline. Kevin combined huge tricks like the 360 double downside whip, with technical prowess that included a 180 to half cab tailwhip and nose wheelie to 360. Peraza just missed the podium earlier in the day in BMX Dirt and will compete once more on Friday in BMX Street – his first time competing in the discipline at X Games. Pat Casey added his second medal of the day with silver and Canadian Mike Varga took his second ever X Games medal with bronze.

Varga followed up quickly with his second medal of the day and second consecutive golden pedal in Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick, throwing a 1260 – the first time the trick has ever been thrown in competition

Action continues tomorrow with Moto X at the Slayground, with Moto X Freestyle, Moto X Best Whip, Moto X 110’s, Monster Energy Moto X QuarterPipe High Air and Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick. For the full X Games 2021 competition schedule and more information, please visit www.XGames.com


Media Contacts:
Danny Chi          ESPN Communications, 310-642-1509, [email protected] 
Grace Coryell     ESPN Communications, 818-585-3696, [email protected] 
Olivia Wilson      ESPN Communications, 904-303-3538, [email protected]


BMX Dirt

1. Pat Casey (USA)

2. Bryce Tryon (USA)

3. Ben Wallace (GBR)

4. Kevin Peraza (MEX)

5. Jake Leiva (USA)

6. Jaie Toohey (AUS)

7. Andy Buckworth (AUS)

8. Colton Walker (USA)

9. James Foster (USA)

Gold – Pat Casey

Silver – Bryce Tryon

Bronze – Ben Wallace

BMX Dirt Best Trick

Gold – Andy Buckworth (AUS)

Wendy’s BMX Park

1. Kevin Peraza (MEX)

2. Pat Casey (USA)

3. Mike Varga (CAN)

4. Marin Rantes (CRO)

5. Dennis Enarson (USA)

6. Ben Wallace (GBR)

7. Daniel Sandoval (USA)

8. Jeremy Malott (USA)

9. Larry Edgar (USA)

Gold – Kevin Peraza

Silver – Pat Casey

Bronze – Mike Varga

Dave Mirra BMX Park Best Trick

Gold – Mike Varga (CAN)

Full Post-Competition Interviews with Medalists


The password for each interview is Xg4mes21!


BMX Dirt & BMX Dirt Best Trick

Pat Casey, Bryce Tryon, Ben Wallace, Andy Buckworth


Wendy’s BMX Park & Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick

Kevin Peraza, Pat Casey, Mike Varga


Video News Release 


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Olivia Coryell

Based out of Austin, Texas, Olivia Coryell is a communications manager focusing on ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company's leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. In her time at ESPN, Coryell has worked on communications efforts for X Games, Brand Marketing, Corporate Citizenship, esports and more. Coryell is a proud graduate of Florida State University.
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