Swedish duo claim the Big Air World Cup opener in El Colorado.
The first Big Air World Cup of the new season is in the books with the Swedish duo Emma Dahlström and Henrik Harlaut finishing on top of the podium in El Colorado.
With a perfect, sunny weather and a big crowd cheering on the athletes, the first ever World Cup event on Chilean soil was without a doubt a big success. For the first time in 50 years, after Portillo hosted the Alpine World Championships back in 1966, the skiing competition of this level took place in Chile.
Emma Dahlstrom takes it home in the ladie’s competition.
With an absence of the slopestyle World Cup champion, Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen, who was sidelined after spraining her knee in the practice round on Thursday, it was all about Emma Dahlström during today’s finals. Swedish skier dominated the competition with her signature tricks and flawless style, stomping each of her three runs. Dahlström’s cork 720 tail and switch 540 safety gave her a total score of 163.80 and thus the first place and 100 World Cup points.
"The jump was a little intimidating at the beginning, but with every single run I started to get the good feeling back", said Dahlström. "Today I focused on tricks I know and tried to keep it stylish. It worked out pretty well so I'm super happy".
Second place on the day went to Giulia Tanno (SUI), who scored her third World Cup podium. Young Swiss athlete landed some big tricks including a massive switch 1080 and showed that she’s ready to be a serious threat this season to both Christiansen and Dahlström in the battle for the overall World Cup title.
Representing Chile, Melanie Kraizel finished third and grabbed what is by far the biggest result in her career. Not to mention making all the fans in El Colorado go absolutely crazy once she was called to the podium at the price giving ceremony. That is indeed a remarkable achievement for Chilean rider in front of the home crowd.
Harlaut grabs the win on the men’s side.
After the men’s qualifications held in the morning it was down to only eleven riders ready to give it all in the afternoon’s finals. Dropping in for Sweden, Harlaut started with a bang, throwing down his signature nosebutter dub 1260 and sitting on top of the pack with 91.20 after the first run. He wouldn’t stay there for long as the Swiss Freeski Team’s young guns Fabian Bösch and Luca Schuhler both stepped in and stomped their runs, pushing the Swedish rider down to third. It wasn’t however enough for Harlaut today, as he showed what he's famous for, going deep in the landing (on his switch dub cork 1080 nose grab) and making it looks easy as a pie. 183.60 total points, first place and yellow Big Air World Cup leader bib is what he will take back home from Chile.
"I love being in Chile", said Harlaut. "People are so nice over here and you could definitely feel an awesome vibe in the air during the whole competition, with people screaming as soon as you landed the trick".
Fabian Bösch finished second today only 0.8 points behind the winner. Bösch impressed with his technical tricks landing a huge triple cork 1620 as well as a switch dub bio 1260 double japan.
Another Swiss rider Luca Schuhler rounded up the World Cup podium for the second time in his career. Luca focused on bio rotations, stomping both regular and switch dub bio 1260 with safety and bow’n’arrow grabs respectively.
The Big Air World Cup tour now takes a break until November 11th when it comes be back to the Northern Hemisphere with another stop in Milan, Italy.
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