A 12-year-old skateboarder bested his hero Tony Hawk by landing the first 1080 in competition to win gold at the X Games

Gui Khury lands 1080 at 2021 X Games
Gui Khury. ESPN
  • 12-year-old Gui Khury won gold at the X Games after landing the first 1080 in competition.
  • Khury was in tears after landing the trick and was congratulated and embraced by many skaters.
  • Tony Hawk was one of the first to embrace the young skater.
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Twelve-year-old skateboarder Gui Khury made history at the X Games over the weekend, landing the first 1080 in competition.

Khury landed the trick in front of skating legend Tony Hawk, who dropped into the competition as a surprise entrant just before the event.

For Hawk, 53, it was his first taste of X Games competition since 2003.

He picked a good day to show up because he had a front-row seat to watch Khury make history as he made three complete rotations in the air and landed clean.

Khury was in tears after landing the trick and was quickly embraced by the older skaters around him, including Hawk, who celebrated Khury’s achievement by holding 10 fingers in the air to the camera.

In May of 2020, Khury first landed the 1080 at his home vert ramp, built in his grandmother’s back garden in Brazil.

“I was like, oh my God, what did I just do?” Khury told Reuters after he first landed the trick. “I was just like, OK, I landed it. Now I am going to celebrate.”

Since then, Khury has clearly been staying sharp until he could break out the move in competition, becoming the youngest gold medalist in X Games history.

When Khury first landed the 1080, he sent a video of the feat to some of his favorite skaters, including Hawk. Just over a year later, Khury got to show off the trick to Hawk in person and in competition.

Khury’s accomplishment comes more than two decades after Hawk landed the first 900 in competition at the X Games in 1999. Watching the two videos next to each other, you can see where Khury got his inspiration.

At the time Hawk landed his 900, Khury was still nine years away from being born.

Khury’s gold medal run must have felt like it was out of a dream.

On the biggest stage, Khury landed his biggest trick, in front of the greatest legend the sport has ever seen, to win his first gold medal.

At 12 years old, chances are it won’t be his last.