Gasser and Tonteri triumph in Moenchengladbach big air World Cup
It was the first time since more than ten years that a big air World Cup was staged in Germany with the last one dating back to January 2006 (Winterberg).
Gasser, who had descended on North Rhine Westphalia with the momentum of back-to-back World Cup wins under her belt dominated the women's competition in impressive manner landing a huge cab double underflip and a super clean backside 720 double grab to earn a total of 184.00 points.
The 25-year-old celebrated her third consecutive win on a scaffolding ramp in front of a stellar crowd of 10,000 people following the snowboard show in the SparkassenPark and relegated Katie Ormerod (GBR, 158.50) and reigning slopestyle world champion Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN, 146.00) to the respective second and third rank.
“It couldn’t have been a better start to the season. It feels almost unreal to have taken three wins in a row. Big air is actually much better for me than slopestyle. I only have to focus on two good tricks which is better for my nerves [smiles],” the Millstaedt resident said.
Gasser, the undisputed World Cup leader who seems to be unbeatable at the moment when it comes to big air competitions, is therefore looking good on the road to victory in the Super Series standings which Gasser leads with 2.000 points ahead of Ormerod (1.060) who was also more than just pleased with her today's performance when she stomped a perfect cab 900 indy and a backside 720 indy:
“It went very well for me today. I am super excited to get second at such a high-level contest. It was my goal to land these two tricks and I am stoked it worked out so well.”
Tonteri takes the win – and the opportunity to shave his beard
In the men's event, the decision for the win was a tight battle between five riders with the best end for two-time big air world champion Roope Tonteri who earned the high score of 186.00 for his backside 1440 indy and cab 1260 indy ahead of Jonas Boesiger (SUI, 183.00) and Billy Morgan (GBR, 180.50).
A result which is also most likely to end a facial hair phase of the Finnish ripper which lasted for more than one year now.
“In a while I didn’t win anything. It feels really good to be on the podium. I actually made a bet with my friends and teammates a year ago that I could only shave off my beard when I make it to the podium. Finally, time has come to be able to do so,” he stated with a toothy grin.
Best qualifier Moritz Thoenen (SUI, 176.00) and Lyon Farrell (USA, 174.50), the only one to land a backside 1620, landed on the respective fourth and fifth rank.
Tonteri leads the Super Series rankings of the men with 1,220 points ahead of Seppe Smits (BEL, 1,200) who finished sixth today while Mark McMorris (CAN, 1600) remains the big air World Cup leader although he missed out today's event.
And with the current World Cup leader absent, it was third ranked rider Billy Morgan, who had landed a backside triple cork nose and a stunning switch triple underflip double grab, to state the final words of the night:
“It was amazing. When I turned up this morning, I didn’t expect these jumps would go so well. Surprise, surprise, I made it to the podium. Besides, Moenchengladbach has treated us very well. It’s been a great event and a great fan atmosphere.”
The big air World Cup tour will continue in two weeks in Copper Mountain (USA) where this season's first halfpipe World Cup will also be hosted from Dec 14 – 17, 2016.