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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Updated: July 20, 1:16 PM ET
Jimmy Fitzpatrick still hard at work

With X Games 16 Best Trick less then a month away (16 days to be exact), Metal Mulisha rider Jimmy Fitzpatrick is still hard at work perfecting the front flip, as well as a secret front flip combination -- tricks that could win the hungry X Games newcomer a medal if everything falls into place. Last month, contributor Chris Tedesco visited the Metal Mulisha Compound, checking in on Fitz during his early days of experimentation with the trick. At the time, he had a long way to go to perfect the unnatural rotation, but with each passing day Fitz has been improving his take on the difficult trick.

Just last week, after a grueling day of riding at his riding facility dubbed "Fitzland," Fitzpatrick decided to hit up his foam pit to pop off a few more front flip attempts before the sun checked out. ESPN's Cliff Talley was on hand to document the action, as well as get a firsthand rundown from the man himself. As far as we know, Fitz has yet to take the trick to dirt. However, in Arizona, X Games 15 front flipping sensation and X Games 16 Best Trick invite Paris Rosen has perfected the ramp-to-dirt front flip, supposedly riding away from 13 consecutive 73-foot front flips this past Monday. Looks like XG16 is shaping up to be another nail biter!