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|Jackson Strong came of age with the Crusty Demons and now he's a two-time defending Best Trick champion at X Games.|
Known as "Jacko" by most, the 20-year-old Australian is definitely a byproduct of his early freestyle motocross environment. Strong was part of the Crusty Demons tour at an early age. FMX was a little bit different back in the day, and for the most part flips hadn't been attempted yet or they were in the early stages of being introduced.
As Strong sat back and watched the sport grow he couldn't help but think that he wanted his slice of the FMX pie. This all became more realistic when he decided he was going to get the front flip dialed in. After working on it consistently and not giving up, he eventually got to where he could throw it as needed without crashing for the most part.
When asked if he ever thought he'd be riding FMX in America and winning gold medals at X Games, the sport's premier event, Jacko said: "I'd like to say yes because I wouldn't have even tried if I didn't think I could."
Winning gold in the 2011 X Games, and then repeating this year, Strong figured it was time to get a home set up in Southern California to bounce back and forth from Australia to the United States [he's back in Sydney this weekend for Red Bull X-Fighters]. Though he says he is not looking to stay permanently he will be making trips over here periodically for events and to get in some extra riding.
How long have you been riding?
How long have you been doing FMX?
What was it like at 14 being on the Crusty Tour?
You repeated gold medals this year at X Games, what was that like?
|Jackson Strong pulls off a scorpion kiss of death on a recent ride in Temecula, Calif.|
Yeah, you seem to have it down, can pull it consistently. What was the process like to get to that point?
That's what it comes down to, you've just got to keep doing it. There was a while where I was doing one every day for a month and just this year before X Games I probably did another 10 to dirt. And when I get home here shortly I'll probably do another 10 to dirt. It's still scary as s--- though! It's probably the hardest, scariest trick I've ever done.
What does it feel like when you are in the air actually doing a front flip?
You're a madman. So I hear you'll be setting up a home out here in Southern California?
So you plan on traveling back and forth from U.S. to Australia?
|Jackson Strong does a stripper backflip on a recent ride.|