The results are in from the Barecelona Snow Show, where a capacity crowd watched the cream of freestyle skiing do their thing. We will be adding photos and video when we can.
On Friday, there was a closed session in the stadium in order for riders to qualify for Saturday’s finals, and a variety of tricks were pulled out of the bag. Here is how it ended up, with most people throwing double corks or switch double corks. The difference this time was the variety of grabs, with Russ henshaw for example throwing down a double cork 10 mute to japan:
On Saturday, a new competition format was was used, and it was definately spectator friendly. Upto the semi-finals, it ran as normal with each rider being judged on the best of two runs. Then for the finals, the remaining four riders had three tricks (best two count) in order to impress the judges, with the added twist that each jump had to be different. This made a change from the normal double cork fest of recent comps, with lower roatations and innovative styled grabs also coming into play.
In the end, Russ Henshaw took first place with an amazing double cork 1080 mute to japan and switch double cork 1080 guitar grab. Tom Wallisch came in second with a switch double cork 1080 blunt and a double cork 1260 mute. The Young Elias Ambühl was third with a double cork 1080 nose and double cork 1080 guitar grab, and TJ Schiller did a switch double cork 1260 mute, but couldn’t land a second trick.
1. Russ Henshaw
2. Tom Wallisch
3. Elias Ambühl
4. TJ Schiller