Tom Schaar, the 12-year-old skateboard prodigy who shocked everyone from Tony Hawk to "Good Morning America" by landing the first-ever 1080, has now won X Games gold.
Schaar landed another 1080 in the Mini Mega competition en route to winning the skateboard event at X Games Asia in Shanghai.
"I tried the 1080 once before the contest and then three or four times during the contest and was stoked to get it," Schaar told ESPNStar.com.
Schaar landed a backside 1080 on his second-to-last run, which judges scored at 94.00. The run put him ahead of the world-class field, which included several skating legends such as Bob Burnquist, Andy McDonald and Pierre-Luc Gagnon.
"He's very advanced for his age,” said Burnquist, who earned the silver medal with an 84.00. “In his head he's very cool and that usually comes with time, but he's had that right away.”
It was a month ago that Schaar stormed onto the skateboarding scene when RedBullUSA.com premiered a video of him accomplishing a 1080 -- the holy grail of tricks. Since then, the video has been shown on CNN and various morning talk shows, and Schaar even made an appearance on "The Ellen Show."
In winning the gold on Monday, Schaar becomes the youngest athlete to win an event at X Games Asia.
"I'm just excited to be here and be skating with all of these pros that I've looked up to,” Schaar said. “It's the best feeling!"
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