Jeremy Lusk

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Jeremy Lusk
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Personal information
Full name Jeremy Lusk
Nickname(s) Pitbull, Big L
Nationality American
Born (1984-11-26)November 26, 1984
San Diego, California
Died February 9, 2009(2009-02-09) (aged 24)
San Jose, Costa Rica
Sport
Sport Freestyle Motocross
Event(s) Freestyle Moto-X, Best Trick

Jeremy Lusk (November 26, 1984[1] – February 10, 2009[2]) was an American freestyle motocross racer from San Diego, California.[3] He was part of the riding group Metal Mulisha.[4][5]

He won gold and silver medals at the 2008 X Games and a bronze helmet in the 2008 Moto X World Championships.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2008 X Games Mexico gold, X Games Moto X Best Trick silver, X Games freestyle Gold[1]
  • 2008 X Games: Moto X Best Trick, Silver; Moto X Freestyle, Gold[1]
  • 2008 Red Bull X Fighters, 3rd[1]
  • 2008 Moto X World Championships Moto X Freestyle, Bronze[1]
  • 2008 AST Dew Tour, 3rd[1]

Death[edit]

On February 9, 2009, Lusk crashed while attempting to land a "Heart Attack Indian Air Backflip" in a freestyle motocross competition in San Jose, Costa Rica: he under-rotated the flip, causing his front wheel to strike the landing.[3] Lusk was ejected head-first and sustained severe brain damage.[6] Doctors performed an unsuccessful five-hour surgery at Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Hospital in San José in an attempt to save his life. He entered into cardiac and respiratory failure and died the next day.

After his death, the third episode of Nitro Circus (A popular TV stunt series featuring Travis Pastrana, an X Games gold medalist, and motocross expert) was dedicated to Lusk posthumously.[6]

At the time of his death, Lusk lived in Temecula, California with his wife, Lauren.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lynch, Cheryl. "FMX Jeremy Lusk Dies in Costa Rica". Metal Mulisha. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Cheryl (untitled press release), 2009-02-09, retrieved 2009-02-11
  3. ^ a b c d Jimenez, Marianela, Freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk dies, Associated Press, 2009-02-10, retrieved 2009-02-10
  4. ^ Freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk dies, San Diego Union-Tribune. 2009-02-10, retrieved 2009-02-10
  5. ^ Jeremy Lusk hardly forgotten, still 'on the ride of his life'
  6. ^ a b R.I.P. Jeremy Lusk 11/26/1984 - 02/9/2009 Grind TV blog, retrieved 2009-02-10

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