Parslow Wins BMX Dirt At 2007 PlayStation Pro; Nyquist Takes Dew CupOct 21 2007 / Orlando, FL
Luke Parslow has won the BMX Dirt finals at the PlayStation Pro in Orlando, FL, the final stop of the AST Dew Tour. But the real focus going into the day appeared to be the race for the Dew Cup -- the honor given to the best overall athlete over the tour's five stops -- between Ryan Nyquist and Cameron White. Nyquist won the first two tour stops but has stumbled since and was not at the top of his game Saturday, failing to complete the final trick of his first run and leaving the door open for Cameron White after scoring an average of 87.09 in his final two runs. White couldn't finish his first run and had a great second run. But he needed a win to take the overall Dew Cup and a score of 85.19 to take the lead. He failed to complete his third run allowing Nyquist to secure the Dew Cup.
The race for the Cup was forgotten during the second set of runs when Ryan Guettler fell while trying to land the double backflip. Guettler was knocked unconscious from the fall and was taken off the field on a stretcher after regaining consciousness. He did not require hospitalization but the medical staff was careful since Stephen Murray was paralyzed in June attempting the same trick. The crash came a day after T.J. Lavin suffered a compound fracture in his leg during the BMX Dirt prelims. Guettler was the number one qualifier on Friday thanks to landing the first-ever 1080 in a dirt competition and was expected to throw an amazing run during the finals.
Guettler was up and walking later in the competition but the medical staff did not allow him to complete his third and final run and were determining whether to clear him for the BMX Park competition, which will hold its prelims Saturday night.
Following the finals, Murray was honored with a special that featured the first look at his fateful run that resulted in his paralysis (the actual crash was not shown). Murray, his family and his fellow riders were interviewed about the crash and the aftermath. The TV package featured a look at Murray in Craig Hospital in Denver, where he is undergoing physical therapy.
In the extensive interview, Murray revealed that though he's been paralyzed below the neck, he was recently able to move his thumb and index finger.
"I'm a fighter, you know. I'm not going to believe that I'm going to be... a quadriplegic all my life" Murray said, "I don't think I'm ever going to compete again. But I just want to be there for my kids.. Be there for my family."
Keep up with all the updates re: Stephen on our Stephen Murray update page and visit www.stephenmurrayfamilyfund.com to donate to help Stephen and his family.
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BMX Dirt Finals - PlayStation Pro 2007
1st - Parslow, Luke - 88.17
2nd - Enarson, Dennis - 88.09
3rd - Napolitan, Anthony - 87.83
4th - Doyle, Chris - 87.67
5th - Nyquist, Ryan - 87.09
6th - White, Cameron - 86.59
7th - Guettler, Ryan - 86
8th - Canina, Diogo - 85.42
9th - Ellis, TJ - 84.92
10th - Marks, Joey - 84.17
11th - Cooke, Allan - 84.09
12th - Nastazio, Cory - 81.67
Guettler Leads BMX Dirt Prelims Behind First-Ever 1080; Lavin Breaks Leg
Prelims at the BMX Dirt competition in Orlando ended with some bad news this afternoon as we got word that TJ Lavin (pictured) suffered a serious break in his leg during one of his jumps. Lavin usually does color commentary for NBC's Dew Tour broadcasts so obviously that's uncertain right now. We'll try to keep you updated with his condition, but as for now we're hoping for the best for Lavin.
In terms of the results, Ryan Guettler has finished first in the prelims in what has been one of the most unpredictable events for the whole Dew Tour. So far Ryan Nyquist (currently 6th in the Prelims, 1st in the Dew Cup standings) has been the only competitor to finish first in the BMX Dirt Finals twice at the Dew Tour while James Foster (3rd in the Dew Cup Standings) has been the only rider to take first in both the Prelims and Finals in the same stop. So the finals, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, are definitely something you got to keep an eye out for.
As for Foster, he missed the finals along with Corey Bohan, so both are officially out of the race. Meanwhile, Ryan Guettler is not in the Dew Cup running but he still pulled out all the stops by landing the first-ever 1080 in a dirt competition, following his landing that trick in the BMX Park finals last month in Salt Lake City. The trick gives Guettler an edge in the over contest but Nyquist still has his eye on the prize.
BMX Dirt Prelims Results - PlayStation Pro
1st Guettler, Ryan 95.67
2nd Enarson, Dennis 92.33
3rd White, Cameron 91.5
4th Marks, Joey 90.33
5th Napolitan, Anthony 90
6th Nyquist, Ryan 89.5
7th Doyle, Chris 89
8th Cooke, Allan 88
9th Parslow, Luke 87.83
10th Ellis, TJ 87.5
11th Nastazio, Cory 87.33
12th Canina, Diogo 87.33