Season's first big air at the London Freeze Festival
In London, October 29th, the season's third event of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup is next up on the agenda. It's the fourth time in a row, that the British capital hosts a winter's first big air competition and thus the sole World Cup event on the island. The contest, which takes place right next to the iconic towers of Battersea Power Station, will also mark the highlight of the three-day winter sport and music festival London Freeze thus attracting many top riders.
However, there is one snowboarder having a very special relationship with the gigantic, 32m high ramp. Marko Grilc (SLO) not only celebrated his first ever World Cup win ahead of Staale Sandbech (NOR) and Seppe Smits (BEL) last year, but also had to handle one of the most challenging experiences of his career three years ago.
The 28-years-old from Ljubljana dislocated his hip during the event and thus had to stay in hospital for a while. The most bitter pill to swallow: he was able to see the event area from his hospital room window.
According to this, the 2009 Innsbruck Air & Style winner said just a few days before the first big air World Cup event gets started: “London is an amazing event for me. I had one of my toughest moments of my life there but also one of my happiest. So it's an emotional place that I love. I can't wait to go there. I have been riding a lot in this pre season and hope all goes well.”
Not far away from the river Thames, Grilc will not only meet again Sandbech and Smits whom he had edged off the top spot last year but also 2011 Big Air-Slopestyle World Cup title winner Clemens Schattschneider (AUT) and reigning World Champion Petja Piiroinen (FIN).
Rumor has it that the London Freeze Festival also features the likes of other stars such as Janne Korpi (FIN), Pat Burgener (SUI), Victor de le Rue (FRA), Gjermund Braaten (NOR), Jamie Nicholls (UK) as well as Rocco van Straten (NED). For further information on the field click here:
Top line-up for Saturday
After the riding is done, boarders will concentrate on some fine music as there are several good acts to enter the main stage. According to an event organizer's press release “The Streets”, headliner of Saturday, are about to play their very last concert in London.
So, don't miss the show and get your tickets for Saturday or the whole London Freeze event online on: http://www.relentlessfreeze.com/tickets.
Eurosport 2 and Orange Sports (FRA) will broadcast the big air finals live. Shaw Media/Rogers Sportsnet (CAN) and MTV 3 (FIN) are planning to air the event delayed.
Time schedule London, England – all local times:
Saturday, October 29th, 2011:
Qualifiers Men at 11:25 AM
Finals Men at 5 PM