Rising Above Competition, Lasek Wins Dew Vert Final

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Monday, October 22, 2007

ORLANDO, Oct. 21 -- Bucky Lasek won his first skateboard vert final, and Daniel Dhers took the BMX Park Dew Cup with a victory Sunday in the AST Dew Tour's season-ending PlayStation Pro at Amway Arena.

The 34-year-old Lasek, from Baltimore, pulled six 540s in his second run to earn the highest score of the season in skateboard vert with a 95.50. Canada's Pierre-Luc Gagnon, finished second with a 94.00, and Shaun White was third at 91.00.

"I'm stoked. I'm 100 percent right now," Lasek said. "I'm skating better than I ever have and there will be no torch passing."

White, the Olympic star who clinched the Dew Cup at the previous event in Salt Lake City, fell on a practice run and was unable to return for his second and third runs. He was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for examination and released.

The 22-year-old Dhers executed a flawless first run that included a corked 720 turndown, one of his signature moves. He later completed a front flip over the spine, another Dhers original.

The Venezuelan won with a final score of 94.67, securing the Dew Cup title for the second consecutive year. Mike Spinner of Miami completed two 1080s to finish a close second with 94.17 points. Spinner also placed second overall in Dew Cup standings.

Ryan Nyquist of Greenville, N.C., was third with 92.67 points.

"Man, I feel awesome right now," Dhers said. "Last year, after the win, I was like, 'Am I really going to be able to keep up?' I just went home, practiced hard, and dialed all my tricks.

"I came here and I really wanted to take it again."

Dew Cup winners, the season points leaders in each of the six disciplines, were honored in an awards ceremony following Sunday's competition. The winners were: White (Skateboard Vert), Nate Adams (FMX), Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park), Ryan Nyquist (BMX Dirt), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert) and Dhers (BMX Park).

Adams was the Athlete of the Year. Adams, who won his second consecutive FMX Dew Cup title this year, won the award by earning 476 out of a possible 500 points for the season-long competition. He received $75,000 and a trophy.

"Athlete of the year was a total surprise," said Adams, who clinched the trophy with a win at this week and finished second in the only event he did not win this season. "I am pumped, this is such an honor."

Spinner won the PlayStation Trick of the Year after fans voted that his 1080, three complete rotations, at the Vans Invitational was the best trick of the season. Spinner became the first athlete to successfully land the trick in a BMX Park competition.

"It feels amazing and this is something that I have worked so hard for," said Spinner, who will receive $10,000 for winning the award. "I did it at one of the best and most important events of the year because I also won the event.

"It's just been crazy to have all this happening in my rookie year on the Dew Tour."


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