Monster Energy, the official energy drink sponsor of X Games Austin 2016
Is ready to dominate with its team of world-class competing athletes. Monster Energy is back to defend successes in Skate, BMX.
AUSTIN, Texas 2016 – Officially sponsoring X Games for the third year, Monster Energy proudly announces its team of athletes headed to X Games Austin 2016 taking place June 2-5 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas with live coverage on ESPN and ABC. With four days of competition ahead, the Monster Energy team is ready for action. For the third and final year, Austin will serve as the host city for X Games Austin 2016. X Games Austin has an incredible weekend in store, seamlessly blending competition across skate and BMX as well as seven distinctly themed villages and entertainment and music from world-class artists to include Blink-182. Monster Energy will feature athlete autograph signings, brand ambassadors and an outdoor lounge at the Galleria, X Games Austin’s sponsor village.
Ready for Austin, the Monster Energy team is stacked with a large number of athletes earning coveted invites. Visit monsterenergy.com for a full list of invitees—key athletes and events to watch out for include:
In Skateboard Street, Nyjah Huston will once again be the one to beat. Last year he took gold in Skateboard Street marking his 6th career gold medal. Even outside of X Games he’s lethal. In fact, he’s won more prize money in skateboarding competition than anyone else in history. Fellow Monster Energy teammate Ishod Wair is definitely capable of earning a spot on the podium and has the credibility to back it up as one of skateboarding’s most popular skaters and a fan favorite. Coming off his recent second place Hart Lines street skateboarding victory and X Games Austin 2015 gold-medal in Skateboard Park, Curren Caples will be gunning for the podium in both Skateboard Park and Skateboard Street. A versatile skateboarder with unsurpassed speed and flawless style, Caples continues to rise in skateboarding fame and is definitely one to watch.
Another one to watch is Raven Tershy, the “underground NorCal ripper” from Santa Cruz, California is definitely a favorite for gold and has a skill level that surpasses most. Dedicated to progression and constant advancement, Tom Schaar, already has a lot of records under his belt as the first skateboarder to land a 1080 and the youngest skateboarder to win a gold medal in Skateboard Big Air at X Games Austin 2014. He took bronze in Skateboard Big Air at X Games Austin 2015, bagging his fourth career X Games medal and will be looking to reclaim gold this year.
Pierre Luc Gagnon, owner of an incredible 21 X Games medals (nine Gold, ten Silver, two Bronze), will be out for the win again after reclaiming gold in 2015.
Jamie Bestwick, the unquestionable king of BMX vert, will be ready to reclaim gold this year. He’s won every X Games Vert event since 2007 except 2015 where his teammate Vince Byron took gold, ending Bestwick’s streak of nine consecutive gold medals. Loaded with raw talent, four-time X Games gold medalist Kyle Baldock from Australia will be going for his fourth consecutive gold in BMX Dirt and also poses a threat in BMX Park.
For more visit http://www.monsterenergy.com this week to score all the exclusive updates from X Games Austin 2016 including photos, videos, and contest results as they happen. Follow Monster Energy on Instagram and Twitter and search #UnleashedAtX for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks in Austin.