MINNEAPOLIS — It wasn’t the banner day locals competing at the 2019 Minneapolis X Games were hoping for.
Stillwater’s Nicole Hause, coming off a knee injury, was unable to advance to the finals in women’s skateboard park competition on Friday, Aug. 2.
Hause resumed skating just three weeks before landing on action sports’ biggest stage, and her schedule has been packed with competitions and Olympic qualifiers. She said she looks forward to stepping back to get back into training mode.
"After this, I'm going home and getting my system going," Hause said. "I'm going to start learning some tricks, then I've got to go to Brazil for Olympic world championships in September. I've definitely got a lot to learn and a lot to do ... just getting back on my board and skating and not having to be in a contest. That will be much better, coming off the injury."
Hause's ninth-place finish is her lowest since the X Games moved to Minneapolis. She earned fourth in 2017 and fifth in 2018.
Japan's Misugu Okamato earned gold in the event, with 10-year-old Cocona Hiraki of Japan winning silver and Finland’s Lizzie Armanto taking bronze. Hiraki is the youngest person to ever medal in X Games competition.
"This is pretty much who you're going to see at the Olympics (in 2020)," Hause said. "We always travel together at every contest, so we always see each other and know who's out there. Misugu has been killing it."
Meanwhile, Rochester’s Alec Majerus was eliminated in the men’s skateboard street event. The two-time X Games medalist finished in 12th place in the prelims, outside the seven-man cutoff.
The men’s skateboard street finals are Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.