Bucky Lasek has broken his ankle and won't be able to compete in the upcoming Vans Pro-tec Pool Party. Lasek, the winner of both the 2010 and 2009 Pool Party events, sustained the injury while filming for a commercial in his private backyard bowl.
"I was filming this GoPro commercial up in my bowl," Lasek told ESPN. "And I had cameras all over me so when I fell I was fumbling and tried to save the cameras, landed kind of low and put my foot down and just snapped it."
The diagnosis, according to Lasek, is a fracture of the lateral malleolus bone, a bone on the outside of his ankle. Lasek estimates the healing and recovery time at four to six weeks. Lasek is tied for the most X Games Vert gold medals with four in total at present and 13 X Games medals overall. If his recovery goes smoothly, he should be back on board in plenty of time to compete in X Games 17 at the end of July.
Look for an exclusive interview with Lasek from ESPN correspondent, Chris Nieratko on ESPN Skateboarding in the coming days. Lasek and Nieratko discuss Lasek's injury, recovery and his picks for the podium of the 2011 Pro-tec Pool Party.