5 things we learned at X Games Austin

Austin brought the heat

X Games went down this weekend at the action sports event's new home in Austin, Texas the only way it could have: with a lot of heat. The temperature was hot, the action was hot, the performances were hot. You get the picture. Austin was a terrific host, and now that the final belt buckle medal has been handed out, we've had a chance to reflect on the 5 things we learned played at X Games.

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1 Bucky Lasek is damn good at rallycross

Even though he has competed in rally and skateboarding for some time now, 41-year-old Bucky Lasek was always considered more of a skater. Lasek was unable to continue his X Games skateboard vert gold medal streak in Austin. (He placed sixth in Austin and didn't complete a run in the final.) But he showed that he is a legitimate two-sport medal contender by winning silver in RallyCross. Prior to this year, Lasek had never finished better than 11th in rally at the X Games. As Lasek gets older, his focus on driving is only increasing. He told XGames.com: "I came here to put on a racing helmet and jump in a car on this F1 track."

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2 Chase Hawk knows how to use a home-field advantage

No one has embodied the Austin BMX scene more than Chase Hawk. So all eyes were on him when the X Games came to his hometown. Hawk has been competing in the X Games since 2006, but had never won a medal. That all changed in Austin. Hawk delivered an incredible run to win gold and was clearly emotional afterward and used his post-event interview as an opportunity to thank his hometown fans.

3 Olds are still winning golds

Fourteen-year-old Tom Schaar won skateboard big air and a 20-year-old took home the title in skateboard vert, but the older generation wasn't ready to cede the throne to the kids just yet. Jamie Bestwick won his ninth-straight gold medal in BMX vert and he was joined on the podium by a pair of 40-plus riders, Simon Tabron and Dennis McCoy. In skateboarding, 37-year-old Bob Burnquist was hot on Schaar's heels in skateboard big air and 41-year-old Bucky Lasek won the silver medal in RallyCross.

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4 Tony Hawk is still a big deal

Tony Hawk is as much a part of the X Games as the letter "X." Without him there would be no 900 and the event probably wouldn't have grown into what it has become. Playing the role of commentator these days has done nothing to diminish the Birdman's star power. Hawk still has the juice to wake up Kanye West from a nap and even got into an Instagram-off with Kim Kardashian.

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5 The level of skateboarding is through the roof

The skaters stole the show at X Games this year. Teenager Tom Schaar became the second-youngest X Games gold medalist when he won big air gold. Jimmy Wilkins put on a display of some of the most stylish vert skating to win X Games gold. Nyjah Huston was razor-sharp in his street victory. Plus, we got to see skaters that we're not used to seeing in competitions (Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Grant Taylor, Ben Raybourn) put on a show in skate park. Without them, we never would have gotten to see the below image of Jaws launching himself into the crowd.