BMX legend to endorse Houston X-Games bid

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by Houston Sports Authority

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

HOUSTON – The city of Houston is set to be endorsed by one of the most decorated athletes in BMX history. 

Ryan Nyquist will officially announce his support for Houston’s bid for the 2014 – 2016 Summer X Games on Saturday, March 9 as part of the grand opening of the Bayou City Bicycle Park in La Marque, Texas.

In January, ESPN named Houston as one of 13 finalist cities in consideration to host the games as the network and event look to change locations for the first time in nine years.  Final proposals are due to ESPN by April 2.

Nyquist has been a professional in the sport of BMX, an acronym for bicycle motocross, for 16 years and holds 13 X Games medals.  He is the second most decorated athlete in the history of the sport, competing in park, dirt, and half-pipe (vert) events.

After combating an injury in 2011, Nyquist made a full recovery, finishing second in the Red Bull Empire of Dirt event and closing out the 2012 season with a first place finish at the Red Bull Skylines BMX Park contest in Paris. 

Nyquist will be joined at the park on Saturday by X Games alumni Keith King, Scott Wirch, and members of the King BMX Stunt Show, making it one of the richest gatherings of X games athletes ever in the greater Houston area.

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