Chad Kagy started out dirt jumping in Northern California before gaining notoriety for his park. Now he's set his sights on conquering the vert world. A broken neck at the 2003 Gravity Games while working on a double backflip sidelined him for a mere 9 months before he returned to the scene with a vengeance.
A fourth place finish at the 2004 X Games was only a preview of greater triumphs to come. At the 2005 X Games, Chad brought home a silver and a bronze medal. Then, in 2006 at X Games 12, Chad accomplished something nobody could have predicted - he took the gold in the Freestyle Vert competition beating out fellow BMX legends Jamie Bestwick and Simon Tabron. He did it by pulling off a flatspin barspin flair - the first time that trick was ever landed in a competition. And Kagy wasn't done leaving his mark on X Games 12 - he also took home the silver in the inaugural BMX Big Air event.
At the age of 14, Anthony Napolitan stepped off a football field in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio and put his career as a professional BMX rider into motion. After cultivating his skill in a friend’s backyard, Napolitan began riding at Section 8 Skate Park in Hubbard, Ohio and progressed his tricks in the wake of more talented riders. Napolitan eventually took his show on the road and met BMX pros like Chris Doyle who encouraged him to enter his first pro contest. At the 2006 Dew Tour, he joined the ranks of his teachers when he snagged the gold in BMX Dirt. Following this success Napolitan showed no signs of stopping and went on to win the entire Dew Tour contest series in dirt. The latest claim to fame for this innovative rider is his completion of the first ever BMX double front flip at the 2009 Summer X Games. This competition track record has attracted valuable sponsorship and Napolitan carries the brands of Hoffman Bikes, AMP Energy, Levi’s, Maxxis Tires, DC Shoes, and Kicker audio – just to name a few. Now 23, Anthony Napolitan resides in State College, PA and rides alongside his younger brother and fellow BMXer, Ronnie Napolitan.
Alistair “Ali” Whitton began riding at the age of 16. In his very first X Games, Ali earned a silver medal. He also competed in and won the 2001 Euro X Games. In 2002 Whitton again took second place in the X Games.