THE BIGGEST NAMES IN ACTION SPORTS WERE ALMOST LEFT SPEECHLESS BY PASTRANA'S DOUBLE FLIP. ALMOST
"YOU WEREN'T SURE YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING THE DOUBLE, BECAUSE THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE HE COULD DIE. YOU COVER ONE EYE AND LEAVE THE OTHER ONE WIDE OPEN. HE HAD TO TELL HIS MOM, HEY, IF I DON'T SEE YOU ... SEE YOU." -Ryan Nyquist, 2006 X Games BMX dirt silver medal
"TONY HAWK'S 900 ON A SKATEBOARD WAS GNARLY, BUTHOWMANYTIMES DID HE NOT STICK IT BEFORE HE DID STICK IT? I DON'TWANT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM TONY, BUT TRAVIS LANDED THE DOUBLE FLIP THE FIRST TIME-OR HE'D HAVE BEEN CARTED OUT." -Adam Jones, 2006 X Games FMX freestyle silver medal
"IT WAS THE SCARIEST, STUPIDEST AND SICKEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN." -Blake Williams, 2006 X Games freestyle motocross best trick bronze medal
"The buildup to it was crazy because you thought he was going to kill himself. When he pulled it off, I was in awe. To see a dude double backflip? I never thought it was possible to do one." -Jeremy McGrath, seven-time supercross champ, who watched on TVat the Home Depot Center
"Everybody asks what I first thought when Travis did the double flip. I tell them, I lost first place. I lost first place!" -Mat Rebeaud, who was leading FMX best trick until Pastrana hit the double. He finished second.
"Travis usually doesn't look nervous. But for the double back, you could see in his face that it was a big deal. When he was about to go, I was sweating and shaking. If someone tops a double back, there's no way I'm gonna keep riding. I'll just get a job." -Mike Mason, 2006 X Games FMX freestyle bronze medal
(JAMIE BESTWICK AND KEVIN ROBINSON WERE WARMING UP FOR BMX VERTBESTTRICK ATTHE STAPLES CENTER, AND THEY PAUSED TO WATCH PASTRANA)
JAMIE BESTWICK 2006 X GAMES BMX VERT SILVER MEDAL "I WAS LIKE, S-, HIT THE GAS! YOU'RE GOING TOO SLOW. BUT HE GOT IT AROUND. "AFTER HE DID IT, I TURNED TO KEVIN ROBINSON AND SAID, 'NOW IT'S YOUR TURN. YOU'D BETTER GO PULL YOURS.' I KNEW THE DOUBLE FLAIR HAD BEEN PLAGUING KEVIN SINCE 2005. WHEN TRAVIS PULLED HIS DOUBLE, YOU COULD ALMOST DRAWA LINE. A MOMENT LATER, KEVIN LANDED THE FIRST DOUBLE FLAIR IN BMX HISTORY."
KEVIN ROBINSON 2006 X GAMES, BMX VERT BEST TRICK GOLD MEDAL "TRAVIS' DOUBLE WAS AN INCENTIVE AND MOTIVATION FOR ME. IT BROUGHTTHE WHOLE VIBE OF THE ROOM UP. "FOR SOMETHING LIKE THE DOUBLE BACKFLIP OR THE DOUBLE FLAIR, YOU HAVE TO GO INTO IT 100%, REGARDLESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES. YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FACTTHAT YES, YOU COULD BE INJURED AND YOU COULD BE HURT. BUT YOU COULD ALSO WALK AWAY TRIUMPHANT."