What's better than winning an X Games gold medal? Winning two. Even better than that? Winning three or more in a row. That feat earns one entry into the 'Peats History Books. That's right, 'peat -- as in re-repeat.
Andy Macdonald and Tony Hawk hold the X Games record for the longest string of consecutive gold medals. The awesome twosome scored a six-peat when they won Vert Doubles each year from 1997 to 2002. Dave Mirra rolled two different 'peats at the same time: He five-peated in BMX Park from 1996 to 2000 and three-peated in BMX Vert from 1997 to 1999. Nothing says dominance like eight X Games gold medals in five years. (Mirra still holds the all-time X Games medal record with 24. Second on that list? Macdonald, with 21.)
In the world of action sports, where injury lurks around every corner and prodigy super-groms are always chomping at the heels, X Games 'peats are as impressive as they are difficult to accomplish. The three-peat has been achieved quite a few times -- 17, to be exact. But there have been only three four-peats and two five-peats in the 16-year history of X Games. That could change in 2011; both of those categories have a good chance to earn new members.
Here's a look at the 'peat potential for X Games 17:
Todd Potter, Moto X Best Whip
Ashley Fiolek, Moto X Women's Racing
Jake Brown, Skateboard Big Air
Garrett Reynolds, BMX Street
Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Skateboard Vert
Jamie Bestwick, BMX Vert
X Games 17 returns to Los Angeles, Calif. on July 28. Will new additions be added to the 'Peats History Book? Time will tell.