CICCARELLI (CAN) stomps 1080 on final kicker to take Men's Slopestyle Gold IYOGOC News Youth Information Service Young Reporters CICCARELLI (CAN) stomps 1080 on final kicker to take Men's Slopestyle Gold
Until the very last moment it seemed that Halfpipe Gold medallist Ben FERGUSON (USA) was going to take home his second Gold of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, this time in Men's Snowboard Slopestyle.
Then, on the very last kicker, Michael CICCARELLI (CAN) stomped a huge backside 1080 double-cork in what was the most remarkable air of the day.
The glorious finish gave CICCARELLI the Gold medal on Thursday with a score of 94.25 points, ahead of FERGUSON, who claimed Silver with 90.25 and David HABLUETZEL (SUI), who bagged Bronze with 87.50.
"I had nothing to lose, I just decided to go for it," CICCARELLI said. "It turned out good though, yeah?"
CICCARELLI was the top qualifier and therefore had the last run of the day. When FERGUSON notched an 87.50 for his second run, CICCARELLI knew he had to push his limits to beat FURGUSON's total to take Gold.
CICCARELLI cranked up the volume on his headphones, pushed out of the starting area, and laid down the best run of a hotly-contested competition.
Six competitors scored above 80, and a cluster of scores in the mid-80s filled out the top five.
HABLUETZEL's 87.50 was followed by Jan KRALJ's (SLO) 85.25, Max RAYMER's (USA) 85.00, and Tyler NICHOLSON's (CAN) 84.00.
FERGUSON and CICCARELLI pulled away from the pack by throwing 900s and 1080s that were out of reach for the other riders.
"He's awesome, that was sick for sure," FURGUSON said of CICCARELLI's final 1080 air.
FURGUSON, who revealed many of the Innsbruck 2012 competitors are close friends because of the time they spend together taking part in junior competitions, cheered for CICCARELLI in the finish area.