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June 15, 2001
X Trials predictions
By Mike Nguyen
The only finals competition today is in Bicycle Stunt Flatland. If you're available, come for Saturday or Sunday, where the fun really begins.
But let's get you through each of the Finals categories and who is expected to win each of them.
Martti Kuoppa from Finland might be at Bristol to repeat another X Trials victory (he won the event in Texas). Kuoppa also won the X Games last year, so the smart odds might be on him if he's competing today.
Bike Stunt Vert
He'll be back, hopefully, to oust stiff competition from biking legends Dave Mirra and Matt Hoffman, to take the prize again.
Eric Koston won the Games last year, but Caine Gail topped the Trials in Texas. Look for Chad Fernandez also.
The field for park skating is so diverse, I couldn't tell you how this one will end up.
But, just for a bit of girl power, take a look at Fabiola da Silva, one of the few women extreme competitors.
The Tattoo favorite, though, is Matt Lindenmuth, of course, who has already qualified for the Games.
Bike Stunt Park
The Tattoo will be rooting for Bruce Crisman, who just missed the first place prize in Texas, but will try again today.
But what about the men? Sam Fogerty is a consistent placer in the Trials, but look for Blake Dennis, who won Texas, to win again in Bristol.