Big Air World Cup finally returns to Germany
It's been more than 10 years that Germany has been hosting a big air World Cup event. This Saturday, December 3rd, the long waiting time of more than ten years since Winterberg 2006 comes to an end for fans and riders alike when the world's best talents take over SparkassenPark in Moenchengladbach for the third stop of the 2016-17 World Cup tour.
The ARAG Big Air Freestyle Festival, which also features freeski competition on Friday, serves as second event in the Super Series big air World Cup trilogy after the newly launched three-stop tour within the tour had kicked off things in Milan (ITA) a few weeks ago.
As a result, some of the world's finest have travelled to North Rhine Westphalia to compete on a 49 metres heigh and 120 metres long scaffolding ramp for World Cup points and a good position on their qualification road to PyeongChang 2018 as well as for points in the Super Series ranking.
In the women's event, all eyes are on Anna Gasser (AUT) who is currently dominating the big air scene after winning not only the Milan World Cup opener but also the Olympic Test Event in Alpensia (KOR) last weekend.
“During training, I had some problems to find the right speed and timing for the jump, but in the end, the kicker is good to handle. I hope that I can keep the momentum from my good results so far,” Gasser said after last nights training session.
With back-to-back wins under her belt, the young Austrian aiming for the big air three-peat is for sure the one to beat tomorrow but Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Cheryl Maas (NED) or Silje Norendal (NOR) definitely know what it takes to do so.
In the men's event, current Super Series and World Cup leaders Marcus Klevedal (NOR) and Mark McMorris (CAN) are missing out the big show in Moenchengladbach which opens the door wide for riders like 2011 world champion Seppe Smits (BEL) or Ryan Stassel (USA) the reigning slopestyle world champion, to take over control in the respective rankings.
In addition, the strong international field also features the likes of reigning big air world champion Roope Tonteri (FIN), Billy Morgan (GBR), Niklas Mattsson (SWE) and Mons Roisland (NOR).
Men will kick off qualifiers on Saturday at 9:55 AM CET with heat 1. Heat 2 is slated to go down at 12 PM CET while the ladies will follow up at 2 PM CET.
The three run, best two count finals of the top six women and top ten men will start at 6 PM CET.
For further information on the World Cup programme in Moenchengladbach click here.
Various channels will broadcast the finals live. While ONE (GER), ORF SPORT (AUT), SFR 3 (FRA), Teledeporte (ESP), SRF (SUI) and Eurosport Asia will bring the show live on the TV screens, www.sportschau.de, www.eurosportplayer.de and www.nbcuniversal.com are up to stream the finals live, too.