Jeremy Lusk

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Jeremy Lusk
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Personal information
Full name Jeremy Daniel 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 José, Costa Rica
Sport Freestyle motocross
Event(s) Freestyle Moto-X, Best Trick

Jeremy Daniel 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] He was a born again Christian.[6]

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 Freestyle, Bronze[1]
  • 2008 AST Dew Tour, 3rd[1]


On February 9, 2009, Lusk crashed while attempting to land a "Hart Attack Indian Air Backflip" (after Carey Hart who initiated it, see "Evolution of the backflip" in freestyle motocross) in the X Knights motocross competition in San José, Costa Rica, he under-rotated the flip, causing his front wheel to strike the landing.[3] Lusk was ejected head-first and sustained catastrophic brain damage.[7] 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 the television show Nitro Circus was dedicated to Lusk.[7]

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


  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. ^ Higgins, Matt. "Some X Games Bad Boys Turn to the Bible". Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  7. ^ a b R.I.P. Jeremy Lusk 11/26/1984 - 02/9/2009 Grind TV blog, retrieved 2009-02-10

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