TP in Top 15 at Big Buck WC 2011
Courtesy of Ryan Smith of RedBullUSA.com
Travis Pastrana may not be able to walk, but he can shoot just fine. The multisport superstar proved it this past Saturday by finishing 11th in the Big Buck World Championships 2011 at the Cubby Bear bar in Chicago despite the presence of a hands-free crutch strapped to his right leg while he fired away at the virtual wildlife.
Pastrana underwent surgery in August after an attempted freestyle motocross trick at the X Games went bad and led to a shattered ankle. He?s had to wear a knee-high cast ever since.
?My foot feels crazy right now, like it?s going to explode out of my cast,? said Pastrana shortly after being eliminated from the tournament.
Bad wheel or not, it looked for awhile as if Pastrana might sneak his way into the finals. He began the day as the 12th seed in the Eastern Region in the 64-person, double-elimination tournament and squeaked by with a 380-point victory over the fifth-seeded player. In the second round, the crowd gasped as Pastrana pulled out a stunning 18-point win by shooting more flying pumpkins in the final bonus round than his opponent.
He then overcame a loss to top seed Alex Derhohannesian to win two more times in the ?reload? bracket. But against Australian Brenton Garrity, even Pastrana?s spirited cry of ?U-S-A! U-S-A!? that got excited spectators taking up the chant wasn?t quite enough to get him back to the round of 8. Pastrana admitted afterwards that he was a bit nervous about the match.
?I?m never nervous about losing, it?s nervous about playing the best you can. It doesn?t matter if you?re playing ping-pong, badminton, or racing for a national championship -- you wanna do the best you can,? he said. ?The greats did it because they hated losing. I love to compete and I love Big Buck because its competition.?
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