Big air finals at the FIS Junior Freeski World Championships held at Klaeppen Ski Resort (SWE) went down on Saturday. Kelly Sildaru took her second gold medal this week in the ladies’ competition, while Ulrik Samnoey went for the victory on the men’s side.
Following successful slopestyle competition held in one of the best Swedish snowpark in Klaeppen earlier in the week, this weekend’s action delivered one of a kind big air showdown with the level of skiing being arguably the highest we’ve ever seen at this level of competition.
In the ladies’ event Kelly Sildaru kept her winning streak alive and, after taking gold in slopestyle competition on Tuesday, she dominated also the big air event with her combo of switch left and right 1080s mute grab for a total score of 175.40 points.
Second place on the day went to the 2019 FIS Freeski slopestyle World Cup champion Megan Oldham (CAN), who landed her left cork 900 tail grab and a switch left bio 900 for a score of 151.80 points and a silver JWC medal.
Kirsty Muir (GBR) rounded out the ladies’ podium in third with 145.80 points for a switch left bio 900 and a let 720 tail grab. It was Muir’s second medal at the Klaeppen event after she finished second in slopestyle.
Over on the men’s side of the event Ulrik Samnoey stepped his game up and jumped on top of the big air podium with a switch left double bio 1440 safety grab and a left double cork 1620 tail grab for 185.80 points. It was Samnoey’s second medal at the 2019 FIS Freeski World Championships in Klaeppen after he finished in the third place in slopestyle competition.
Silver medal went to Kiernan Fagan (USA), also for his second medal this week. Fagan stomped his switch left double cork 1260 nose mute and a left double cork 1260 tail grab for a score of 175.00 points.
Kiernan’s twin brother Deven Fagan (USA) finished the competition in third with 174.00 points for his switch left double cork 1260 mute grab and a left double cork 1260 tail grab.