Tucson's Peraza jumps to gold at X Games - Tucson News Now

Tucson's Peraza jumps to gold at X Games

(Photo courtesy: ABC) (Photo courtesy: ABC)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson native Kevin Peraza is bringing home X Games gold.

The 2014 Sunnyside High School graduate shocked the nation Sunday by taking home a victory in the BMX Dirt competition at the 2016 action sports event held in Austin, Texas. 

The 22-year old won in commanding fashion. Peraza tallied 88 points on two-of-three runs to win by seven over England’s Ben Wallace. American James Foster finished with the bronze medal.

Peraza, riding his bike at just under 24 miles per hour, scored an event-high 47 points on his second run, which is three points off of a perfect score (50). 

His Lawn Dart front flip astonished the crowd and is what helped vault Peraza to the top of the leaderboard.

Bikers in BMX Dirt are scored on three turns through the course but only their top two scores count toward their final score.

Peraza had won in the past placing first in the Simple Session BMX contest in Dubai in both 2013 and 2016.

He comes from a family of BMX riders. His dad and all three of his brothers participate in the sport.

In recent years Peraza struggled on the X Games platform placing 7th and 10th in both Dirt and Park events including a 7th place finish on Saturday in the BMX Park.

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By Dru Pelter
Tucson News Now Sports Intern

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