Here are the final results:
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Tom van Steenbergen (CAN)
Matt Jones (GBR)
Raymond George (USA)
Louis Reboul (FRA)
Antti Rissanen (FIN) -- injured
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After days of rain and freezing temperatures, the weather gods finally showed some mercy and provided a perfect sunny backdrop for the final day of X Games Munich.
But strong winds still made life difficult for the six newcomers aged 15 to 19 who were competing in Red Bull Phenom, an amateur contest held on the same course used for the debut of Mountain Bike Slopestyle at X Games Munich.
Swedish rider Anton Thelander emerged triumphant to win the contest on Sunday, riding the same obstacles that would later see stars like Brett Rheeder, Brandon Semenuk and Andreu Lacondeguy bagging their X Games medals.
"I didn't have a good first run," he said. "Luckily, the second run went really well and I think my 360 on the final kicker sealed the deal."
He added: "It's been absolutely amazing to be a part of the X Games premiere of mountain biking. I have been riding at big contests before, but this is something really special!"
Anton was selected for Red Bull Phenom due to his strong position in the FMB World Tour 52 Week Seeding List. However, for some of the other applicants, the fact that the finalists were chosen by mountain bike pioneer Richie Schley was the icing on the cake. "He's a real legend! It's pretty cool to know that he was making the selection. But it's also kind of scary to know that someone like him is judging your skills!"
As the grand-prize winner, Thelander will work with Red Bull to produce a profile video highlighting his skills.
"Anton's second run would probably have been a sixth place in the pro qualification and that's pretty impressive," Richie Schley said.
"The strong wind made the finals pretty difficult. Some of them had considerable problems with the conditions, while others managed to excel," added Richie. "For instance, Matt Jones did a massive backflip on the last, huge kicker -- something that among the pros only Cameron Zink dared to do! Although Matt crashed, it was really cool to see the rookies giving it their all!"
In the end, the six rookies agreed that all of them were winners for having made it to Munich. Check out their videos at RedBullPhenom.com.
Red Bull Phenom continues at X Games Los Angeles. The finalists from the skate and BMX video contests will be announced on July 12th. Submitted videos can be viewed online at redbullphenom.com.