The Slopestyle finals of the 7. European Freeski Open were held today under blue sky and perfect conditions up on Crap Sogn Gion mountain. The titles went to Scandinavia. Jesper Tjäder from Sweden won with 91.3 points in the men’s, Johanne Killi from Norway succeeded thanks to 90 points her first international victory.
Three days in a row in Europe’s leading freestyle resort it was all about freeskiing. Over 100 participants from around the world had a great time in the new slopestyle course in the Pro Line Snowpark Curnius as well as the spectators on Crap Sogn Gion watching the riders performing breath-taking tricks. After the qualification rounds in the last two days today the finals were on the program with five women and ten men in the start gate. Each rider had three runs, but only the best one counted. Johanne Killi coped best with the course, which consist of six elements. The 16-year old was the only girl who reached the 90 points mark. So the title went to the young Norwegian rider: “It is my first international contest. And I won it. I am super happy about that!” Second got Olympic rider Sabrina Cakmakli from Ettal, Germany. The podium was completed by the Swiss Camillia Berra. All three were happy with their results and had a big smile in her faces.
The dominator of today’s men finals of the European Freeski Open 2014 is Jesper Tjäder. With his trick on the third rail, 180 onto the flat box and a switch backflip out as well as his double corks rightside and leftside over the three kickers stoked the audience and the judges. The slopestyle overall world cup winner 2013/2014 from Sweden mastered his role as the favourite and appeared super excited about the host resort: “Three years ago I went through qualification here in Laax and already was totally stoked. The new slopestyle course and the huge freestyle-playground are really awesome. Being on top of the podium is a perfect end of my season.” Oystein Braten from Norway celebrates his second place like a victory. He showed the most difficult jump of the day, a switch double cork 1260. Also in the men’s competition, which was characterized with a very high level, there was a podium spot for Switzerland. Kai Mahler from Fischenthal got with 86.50 points third.
To round off a successful resumption of the European Freeski Open in the event calendar of Laax, there will be a live concert with “Saalschutz – Let’s Go Pogo” in the Riders Palace Club. In line with this, the motto of Laax should be “Let’s go on”. The whole freeski family would be thankful.
Results European Freeski Open 2014 LAAX, SUI, 29.3.2014, Slopestyle:
1. Tjäder Jesper (SWE) 91.30
2. Bråten Øystein (NOR) 88.50
3. Mahler Kai (SUI) 86.50
4. Kivari Lauri (FIN) 83.30
5. Hunziker Jonas (SUI) 82.80
6. Ambühl Elias (SUI) 82.30
7. Ragettli Andri (SUI) 81.30
8. Kvatningen Martin (NOR) 74.50
9. Johnsen Jens (NOR) 68.50
10. Penttilä Pontus (FIN) 28.30
1. Killi Johanne (NOR) 90.00
2. Cakmakli Sabrina (GER) 82.30
3. Berra Camilla (SUI) 72.50
4. Johansen Vilde (NOR) 71.50
5. Seifert Jule (GER) 60.30