Nyquist Wins, but His Thoughts Are With Murray
Saturday, June 23, 2007
BALTIMORE, June 22 -- The BMX dirt event finals at the Dew Action Sports Tour's Panasonic Open came to a dramatic end Friday night at the Camden Yards Sports Complex, with the final standings coming down to the last three riders.
But all three athletes were more concerned with the health of fellow rider Stephen Murray than their third and final run of the night or placement on the podium.
Murray was taken to a hospital by ambulance after he crashed in his second run.
"When Murray crashed we were all up there going: 'Should we ride? Should we stop?' " event winner Ryan Nyquist said. "I think we all just decided we should go on. You're worried about winning, but I just hope he's okay."
Nyquist, who crashed on his first run, entered his third in sixth place, but with the final scores being an average of a rider's best two runs he had the chance to make up the difference.
One of the most well-known names in BMX dirt, Nyquist threw three difficult tricks, giving himself a first-place average of 89.42.
Cameron White and Chris Doyle finished second (88.42) and third (88.25), respectively.
Ryan Sheckler started on the road to his third consecutive Dew Action Sports Tour Cup in skateboard park.
Sheckler, who entered the finals behind Austen Seaholm and Rodolfo Ramos, earned the highest score of all individual runs in the final with a 91.75. Scores in the 12-rider finals were the average of two run scores and two jam session scores. Sheckler finished with a 90.25 overall score, more than four points better than second-place finisher Greg Lutzka.
Dundalk native Mathieu Therres, who was seeded No. 12 heading into the final round, finished fifth with a 77.67 overall score in his first appearance on the tour.
A Mighty Wind
Shaun White, Bob Burnquist and Bucky Lasek -- big names in skateboard vert -- all advanced to Saturday afternoon's final round. Thursday's storms pushed the preliminaries to Friday afternoon, but wind still played into the riders' performances.
"The good thing is the wind affects everyone," Burnquist said. "I try to adjust for it and not think too much. You just have to work harder to get up to speed, but I was lucky to have a solid first run and not really have to think about the wind too much."
For the third straight day, freestyle motocross was affected because of weather. The FMX preliminaries are slated for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday after riders refused to perform in the windy conditions.