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Maria Forsberg Wins Her First X Games Gold in Women's Moto X Enduro X

In her first X Games, Maria Forsberg out battled her competition and the elements of the Enduro X course to grab her first gold medal in inaugural Moto X Enduro X competition at X Games 17.

"It was really challenging because all the girls out here are really good riders," the Seattle, Wash. native said. "Enduro cross is about consistency so I tried to just stay on the bike as much as I could."

That consistency helped Forsberg maneuver around the course and other riders - some who had fallen or were stuck - crossing the finish line more than a minute ahead of Puerto Rico's Tarah Gieger.

"It was definitely an adventure," Gieger, who also received silver in Moto X Racing, said. "It started off good in practice when the course was dry, but when they added the water it turned the whole race around. It was really hard to get around and the way that I was racing it wasn't getting it done. I just fought hard to the end and came out with second place".

The bronze medalist Kacy Martinez jumped out to a quick lead to start the race, but was passed by Forsberg after she had trouble navigating the rock hill portion of the track.
"I just can't explain it, the X Games were awesome and I can't believe I am coming home with a medal," Martinez added.

Making its debut at X Games 17, Enduro X features riders showcasing their talent on an all-terrain obstacle course. Riders race through sand, mud, logs, rocks and other terrain features in a blend of motocross racing and traditional Enduro, battling not only each other but also the challenging course.

X Games 17
In its ninth year in Los Angeles, X Games 17 will feature more than 200 athletes at competition venues and event spaces including STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The 17th annual action sports competition to be held in Los Angeles July 28 - 31 and will debut the new discipline of Enduro X, as well as the first-ever rally street circuit running through the downtown area. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition. In addition to the 25 original hours in high definition, the Worldwide Leader in Action Sports will also televise 21 hours of X Games action on ESPN 3D. More than 29 hours will also be distributed on ESPN3.com.