Sure, there are other events that are equal in size and status to X Games. But there is no doubt that the made-for-television event has a heritage that can’t be equaled. That will stay the same for X Games 2018, too.
For 2018, it will be a lot easier for Kiwis to attend X Games, too. That’s because ESPN announced that the event is to be held in Sydney, Australia. Of course, it’s still not in Aotearoa. But it is a lot closer than Los Angeles, Austin or Minneapolis.
Now, for the first time in the event’s 22-year history, X Games is heading Down Under. It’s about time, though, when you realise that Australian athletes have won almost 140 medals from the combined summer and winter events.
X Games Gold
As a Kiwi, there’s no doubt that black is your favourite colour. So, you really won’t care for green and gold. But X Games gold is another matter.
This year’s event wasn’t Sherwood’s first time at X Games, having competed five times before. But while he’d stood on the podium in 2010, ’12 and ’15, Sherwood had yet to win gold in any of the events. That all changed in ’17, despite stalling his bike in his first Moto X Freestyle run, which goes to show that it can happen to the best of us.
Announcing X Games 2018
With X Games 24 to be held at Sydney Olympic Park on October 19, 20 and 21 of next year, it looks like Labour Weekend will be even busier than ever for those who love moto. But the choice will be easy for those die-hard freestyle motocross fans and riders. Especially if Sherwood returns to X Games to defend his two gold medals.
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