X Games excitement builds in Austin

(Eric Janzen/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Nick Makuch says BMX biking is one the biggest reasons he moved to Austin two years ago.

“It’s like the ultimate happiness without any sort of substance abuse or anything,” Makuch said, “It’s just like exercise and good living.”

But the adrenaline comes with a cost

“Three teeth out of my head, cracked my eyebrows, shattered my nose, broke my wrists, tore my ACL,” Makuch said, as he counted his injuries.

So when he heard the X Games were coming to town he was pretty excited

“I would say it’s pretty cool,” Makuch added, “I’ve never been in a city with the X Games.”

Except he won’t be able to see any of it live.

“Unfortunately I have to work all weekend, so I won’t be able to make it to any night time events, cause that’s when I work is all night shifts.”

Others, like James Perry, say there’s no way they’ll miss out.

“In 1999 I think, Tony Hawk landed the 900,” Perry explained. “The X Games is what got me started so seeing the X Games in Austin, Texas is very good to enjoy.”

It’s unclear how many fans will be in for the X Games, other cities have drawn about 100,000 fans but this being the first year in Austin, it’s hard to predict. But Makuch says he’ll make the best of it.

“It’s OK, it’s just the way life goes you know you can’t always do everything you want to do” said Makuch. “So maybe next year Ill be able to go to it.”

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