NO-HANDED 900 (2002)
He didn't win, but Hoffman made his dreams come true--or at least his visions, as he'd been imagining the trick for three weeks--when he soared off a 52-foot ramp and completed 2 1/2 rotations in the air. Hoffman fumbled the landing, opening the way for Dave Mirra to win the bike stunt vert competition, but even the champion was left in awe by the 30-year-old Hoffman's feat. "Best trick today, for sure," Mirra said.
He'd been the first to attempt a backflip in competition (at the 2000 Gravity Games), and he'd bailed out midway through his rotation in another try (at the '01 X Games) and crashed hard. In the '02 big-air competition, Hart, 27, finally stomped it, with an anxious audience--including girlfriend Pink--watching. Mike Metzger claimed the gold with back-to-back backflips in earlier rounds, but Hart's tenacity became legend.
THIRD GOLD (2004)
Since its X Games introduction in 1997, women's wakeboarding has seen the talent level of its competitors soar. That hasn't stopped Friday, who last year, at 17, ran away with her third title. She sealed her win with an off-axis 360 that she'd never before used in competition. "I see the way the guys ride, and I think I can ride at that level," she said.