Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stockholm Big Air

Yesterday the second Big Air of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup took place in Stockholm. Once again and for the the fifth time in a row, the swedish capital hosted this major FIS event in the Stockholm Stadion which was built for the Olympic Summer Games in 1912. The Stadium Winter Jam is one of the biggest in freestyle big air and will be run in a head to head format.
Sebastien Toutant has won the second big Air of the season. Finland's Petja Piiroinen and Patrick Burgener from Switzerland took the second and third rank respectively. It was the first World Cup win for the 18-years-old talent from Montreal who also took over the lead in the Big Air World Cup and Freestyle Snowboard Overall World Cup standings. That he could bring home victory at his second World Cup competition was due to the double cork variations the French Canadian had nailed in the finals. After the best ranked rider of the qualifiers had stomped a huge frontside 1080 double cork he also threw in a backside 1260 double cork, which didn't count for his final score as well as a backside 1080 double cork in the decisive third run
In front of thousands of spectators who had line up in the 1912 Olympic Stadium of the Swedish capital, "Seb Toots" didn't seem to be fussed at all before dropping in as last rider of the contest although he was. "I'm always nervous although I have been to many competitions already. But the more I do the more confident I get. I'm stoked that I was able to win this as the event and the level of riding in the finals was super good". In addition, the young gun also made him a late birthday present: "I turned 18 a few days ago so this is nice!"
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will continue in Lech. On December 7th and 8th, 2010, the season's first two snowboard cross races.

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