Evan McEachran with top Q spot in men's Heat Two in Cardrona

06 September 2018 07:09
Evan McEachran spinning into the future with his switch double 1800
Evan McEachran spinning into the future with his switch double 1800 -
Neil Kerr / Winter Games NZ

Cardrona, NZL - The men’s freeski big air heat two qualifiers – postponed due to high winds yesterday – rounded out an action-packed day at Winter Games NZ.

First man out of the gate, Birk Ruud (NOR) set the bar high with a massive left triple 1620 high mute which would see him through to the finals in third place.

Evan McEachran (CAN) span the biggest trick of the day, a switch double 1800 tail grab (five full rotations in the air) with an exceptionally long grab, landing halfway down the landing and leapfrogging in to first place.

NZ’s Finn Bilous went huge with a trick he had just learned, a unique switch triple rodeo 1440, holding the grab through the rotation and stomping the landing for a first run score of 93.40 which put him through to finals in second place.

“I’m pretty stoked to put that down,” said Bilous.

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (CAN) recovered from a heavy landing on run one, putting down a switch triple 1260 with a bow and arrow grab on his second attempt and finishing in fourth place.

James Woods (GBR) brought his trademark octo grab to the table with a switch triple 1440 landed near the bottom of the landing, to complete the top five finalists.

The FIS Freeski World Cup Big Air Final is scheduled to take place at Cardrona Alpine Resort tomorrow (Friday) at 12:00.



Estonia - delayed on Kanal 12 on 08/09 at 11:00 CET

France - delayed on L'Equipe 21 on 08/09 at 11:00 CET

Italy - delayed on RAI SPORT HD on 11/09 at 12:00 CET

USA - delayed on Olympic Channel on 08/09 at 9:00 PM, rerun at 01:00 AM and: on 11/09 at 09:00 AM, on 13/09 at 08:00 AM