Tom Schaar is second youngest ever X Games winner

Back-to-back hammers get gold as 14-year-old Schaar shows off the future of skateboarding in Austin.

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On a balmy Friday evening at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, skateboarding ushered in a new generation of big-gap heroics. 14-year-old Tom Schaar’s prodigious on-board talent swept all before him in the X Games Big Air contest. Watch it happen in the video player above.

Tom Schaar, 900, at the X Games 2014 in Austin, TX
Tom Schaar, 900© Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Linking together a backside 720 over the gap before managing to somehow hold on to a 900 on the big quarter-pipe, Schaar not only became the second-youngest recipient of an X Games gold, but signalled the beginning of a new epoch in the evolution of this most enthralling of skateboarding’s sub-genres. There was an up close view of the momentous occasion for Bob Burnquist, the most decorated X Games athlete of all time (27 medals and counting). Big Air legend Burnquist added a silver medal to his collection as he finished the day as runner-up to Schaar with Edgard Pereira placed third.

Schaar now takes his place in the history books of the X Games alongside the contest’s youngest ever gold medallist Ryan Sheckler. It is over a decade now since a 13-year-old Sheckler won the Skateboard Streetpark event at X Games Nine in Los Angeles.

Today’s outstanding result for 14-year-old Schaar heralds yet another fantastic new era for skateboarding. Congratulations Tom!

Tom Schaar celebrates with his gold medal following his victory in Skateboard Big Air during Summer X Games 20
Tom Schaar tastes victory© Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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