When the X Games (or Xtreme Games as it was known prior to 1996) first started it seemed like such a shock. BMX was basically dead with only a core group of riders still remaining, but all of a sudden there was this renewed attention given to it. And the attention was well-deserved because BMX still had so much to offer. How can someone not be excited about a guy taking off of a 10-foot ramp and spinning 2.5 times around and somehow riding away unscathed? The riding has always been top notch — there's no doubt about that — and while there will always be room for debate, here are The 25 Best BMX Performances in X Games History.  

Jim Cielencki is a long-time BMX pro who also runs Sunday Bikes. He never got to ride in the X Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.