Big Air Competition X Games 2012: Top Stories Leading Up to Sunday's Event

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJune 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 28:  Bob Burnquist of Brazil skates in the Skateboard Big Air Practice during day 1 of the X Games 17 at the Staples Center on July 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Big Air competition is always a fan favorite at the X Games, and this year will be no different.

We're sure to see some big air and some big wipeouts in the 2012 rendition of the Big Air competition on Friday. The best part about Big Air is that everyone is aware of the carnage that could be on display at any moment during competition, which keeps everybody on the edge of their seats.

There are numerous story lines to stay tuned into leading up to the event. 

Here's the rundown.


Bob Burnquist's Bust

Burnquist, an eight-time gold medalist at the X Games, left the venue in an ambulance on Tuesday after taking a nasty spill during Big Air practice.

He reportedly injured his back in the fall, but fortunately, x-rays were negative, according to ESPN.

According to the report, Burnquist has withdrawn from the Skateboard Park event, but will be participating in the Big Air and Skateboard Vert events.

We'll have to see if the injury impacts his ability to perform during the competition.

At least he showed a sense of humor after his injury:

@buckylasek I need a new job, can I be your co Pilot? Hahaha...

— Bob Burnquist (@bobburnquist) June 27, 2012


Jagger Eaton 

Jagger Eaton will become the youngest competitor in the history of the X Games when he rides in the Big Air event on Friday.

At just 11 years old, Eaton will be competing against grown men who are old enough to be his father. He'll have to ace the 84-foot drop-in, the 55-foot jump and cleanly transition to the 27-foot quarter pipe if he wants to win a medal in Los Angeles.

It's going to be interesting to see if his little body will have a positive or negative impact on his chances in the event. No matter what the outcome, he'll be one of the main attractions at this year's competition.


Jake Brown Will Be Back

I'm sure you all remember Jake Brown's horrific fall during the 2007 X Games in the Big Air competition. It was one of the more gruesome scenes that we have witnessed in X Games history, and Brown was extremely lucky to avoid serious permanent damage.

He's announced that he will return for another X Games at the age of 37. Brown was a disappointment in 2011, failing to win a medal, but he's looking to bring his total medal count to six in 2012.

After winning two silvers and a bronze from 2006-2008, Brown won back-to-back gold medals in 2009 and 2010 in the Big Air competition.

We'll find out on Friday if he can get another.