Hi Ryan. How are you? I’m good, thanks for asking.
How are you feeling going into the 2010 X-Games? Well, I’ve been looking forward to the X-Games because I’ve had some not-so-great placings in the past few years. I’m hoping to change that in 2010.
During your career, how many X-Games events have you competed in? From 1997 to 2004 I rode in the park and dirt events. Then, in 2005 (I think) X-Games stopped doing dirt, so I was only invited for park. I didn’t attend last year, so if you add that all up it comes to…. nineteen events. Twenty counting this year!
How many X-Games medals have you earned? I’ve been asked this a lot lately and I’m not 100% sure. I want to say thirteen medals total. I haven’t looked at the medals in a while. They kind of just sit in a box in my attic… hahaha.
A lot of riders have mixed feelings about the X-Games. As a whole, how do you feel about the event? I don’t mind the event. It’s definitely changed a lot over the years, but it’s still a big event for BMX and gets it out there to the masses. The athlete selection process and course design are mysteries to me nowadays, but all that aside, it’s still an exciting event.
What do you think of this year’s Superpark course? The course is definitely unique. It’s like nothing I ride on a daily basis, and it’s definitely throwing me for a loop. The fact that it’s all cement makes me nervous, too. Cement kinda scares me. It’s tough to try to figure everything out in a handful of hours, put together some quality lines, and add tricks to it. I’m hoping I can make some things line up and get comfortable enough to make the cut.
What are your goals and expectations for the contest? My goal is to ride well. Expectations? I don’t really have any. I’d just like to ride well enough to make the cut.
What shoes are you going to be rocking during the contest? I’ll be rocking the NYC 83 Mids. That’s my favorite shoe to ride in. I brought some Shuriken Lows for chillin’ in, though.
Who are some of the riders you look forward to watching ride the course? Well, Chase Hawk and Gary Young pretty much own the course at this point, so I’d have to say them. I’m curious to see what Diogo Canina and Scotty Cranmer will be able to do out there. Rob Darden is looking like he may have some good lines, too.
Is your boy David Beckham coming out to watch you this year? Hahaha! Well, he wants to, but I didn’t have an extra pass for him. He’s just going to watch from home.
As soon as the event is over, where’s the celebration? Wherever Sean Burns is. He’s a walking party!