X Games Minneapolis kicks off today with four days of wall-to-wall action featuring the best athletes in the world. As usual, Nitro Circus regulars will feature prominently in multiple disciplines, and overall the field is packed with familiar faces if you’re a fan of Nitro Circus and Nitro World Games.
On the FMX side, Vicki Golden is the only woman riding in a Moto X event in Minneapolis this week, stepping up to attempt to claim her second medal in Best Whip (she took home a medal in Los Angeles in 2013 as the only woman in that field). Harry Bink will be looking to take home his first X Games hardware in two events: Best Trick and Freestyle. He’ll be joined in both those events by eight-time medalist Josh Sheehan, who will also throw down in the Best Whip contest. Sheehan has earned at least one X Games medal every year since 2015, and that streak doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy this year. Jarryd McNeil will also ride three events: Best Whip, Step Up, and High Air. McNeil has 12 X Games medals including four golds in Best Whip and three in Step Up, making him the man to beat in both of those events this week.
Ryan Williams finished sixth in his first-ever X Games appearance in BMX Big Air — that was at X Games Minneapolis in 2018. Since then he’s been on a tear, taking home gold medals in Sydney and Shanghai. Now he returns to the place where his X Games journey began to seek some sweet redemption. But it won’t be easy. He’ll be up against a stacked field, including fellow Big Air veterans James Foster and Kurtis Downs. Foster is a six-time medalist, including two golds in this event — both won in Minneapolis. Downs has a medal in this event from Minneapolis as well, and he’s been riding incredibly well this past year, landing impossible World First BMX tricks inspired by FMX. As always, BMX Big Air is looking to be one of the most exciting events of the competition. Foster will also join X Games medalist Andy Buckworth in the BMX Dirt event.
Nitro skateboard veteran Beaver Fleming is on the hunt for his first podium in his third X Games appearance in the last year. He’s trending upward with his results lately and has the focus, determination, and raw talent to grab a medal this time.
Best of luck to everyone competing this weekend! Check out all the details about X Games Minneapolis right here, including a complete list of athletes and the schedule with how to watch.