Sunday, January 30, 2005
Updated: May 14, 1:43 PM ET
Injury Update: Freestyle MTX
By Alyssa Roenigk
When Moto X Best Trick prelims kicked off Saturday evening, the field was slimmer than Chuck Carothers' sponsor list.
Mike Metzger pulled out of the Games after a serious accident in Switzerland in late December left him hospitalized for nearly a week, but he added his name to the rider roster earlier this week. Friday, word came down that Metz' doctors would not clear him to compete.
Defending Winter X champ Caleb Wyatt, the wreck-or-win crowd favorite, broke his leg days before he was to leave for Aspen while practicing a backflip at his home in Medford, OR. "I was only practicing a trick to get me into finals," Wyatt said from home Friday afternoon, where he is recovering from surgery to repair his fibula. "I didn't even crash," he says. "I just put my foot down wrong on the landing."
Metal Mulisha madman Ronnie "Kung Fu" Faisst landed hard on a crash earlier this month and cracked both heels. He continued to practice in hopes he would be able to compete, but constant pain caused him to pull out of the Games.
Cowboy Kenny Bartram, who has struggled with injuries the past couple years, opted not to compete and instead let his ailing hip heal until summer X in August. Bartram will emcee the event for the second year in a row.
Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg is nursing injured thumbs, and pulled out of Saturday's prelims.
First-time Winter X competitor Jim McNeil bailed his bike attempting a backflip over the big gap in Best Trick prelims. After landing on the snow, his bike chased him, clipping him in the head and shoulder. McNeil walked off the course without aide, but did not compete in prelims.
In his second run of prelims, Chuck Carothers attempted his signature Carolla body varial. He made the spin, but had difficulty pulling the bike back in, and landed on top of his bike. He was bruised and banged, but otherwise uninjured. Unfortunately, he won't get a second shot, as he did not qualify into finals.