This year, the X Games—the “daredevil Olympics”— return to Minneapolis for another hardcore competition featuring the finest, most kickass skateboarding, BMX and motocross athletes the world has to offer.
Blenders Eyewear-sponsored athlete and teen skateboarding phenom, Tom Schaar, will be competing, but before we dive into that let’s go ahead and hit ya with how to watch:
X Games Minneapolis 2018: How to Watch
For everything that isn’t on regular broadcast television, you can stream to your heart’s content this year with WatchESPN as well as select, social media-only events via:
Thursday’s X Games Recap
There were a couple events that already kicked off before the weekend—specifically, the Pacifico Skateboard Vert Final and Pacifico BMX Vert Final on Thursday night. Here are the results you may have missed:
Thursday X Games Event Winners
- Zach Newman won BMX Vert bronze
- Jamie Bestwick nabbed BMX Vert silver
- Vince Byron secured BMX Vert gold
- Mitchie Brusco won Skateboard Vert bronze
- Moto Shibata claimed Skateboard Vert silver
- Jimmy Wilkins earned Skateboard Vert gold
Want highlights? Head here for video of the above medalists.
Tom Schaar in Minneapolis
You knew we had to show our boy Tom some love, right?
Recent high school graduate and Blenders athlete, Tom Schaar, may still be young af but his achievements list is already a mile long. This was the kid that first landed the skateboarding 1080—at the tender age of 12, no less—and later repeated the massive feat in competition in Tehachapi, Calif in March of 2012. Now ranked 5th overall in the world, he has a distinguished X Games career heading into this weekend’s competition. Tom was the youngest Big Air gold medalist of all time (age 14), and just last year made his mark at the inaugural X Games Minneapolis with silver medals in both Skateboard Big Air and Skateboard Park.
We’ve got high hopes for Tom this year as he participates yet again in Skateboard Big Air and Skateboard Park. Good luck, bro!
Other X Games Athletes to Watch
Brighton Zeuner: She captured Skateboard Park gold in last year’s competition at 13 years of age. Thirteen!
Alec Majerus: He came just shy of gold in Skateboard Street at Minneapolis 2017, so he’s definitely a name to bear in mind going into this year’s event.
Jackson “Jacko” Strong: The Minnesota Vikings fan nabbed silver in last year’s “Moto X Best Trick” event in Minneapolis—will he run it back for a repeat or even ascend to gold in 2018?
Kelvin Hoefler: The Brazilian from Sao Paulo has big aspirations for Minneapolis 2018—and no one in their right mind should doubt him. He won Skateboard Street at Minny 2017 and has already grabbed gold at X Games Norway 2018.
Colton Walker: This dude’s the hometown hero. A native of Minneapolis, he spends his time training at Twin City Fantasy Factory. One of the youngest BMX athletes invited to these games, he won the Nitro Circus World Games triples contest in 2016 and 2017… and he took gold in last year’s Minneapolis BMX Dirt competition. He’s been bringing it!