World Cups at Boston, Korea, Corvatsch and X Games Oslo
10. März 2016
Photo by Elmar Bossard
After I recovered from my broken thumb I was back competing in the beginning of February. I received a last minute spot for the Big Air World Cup at Boston due to the knee injury of my good friend and team mate Elias Ambühl. The competition was held in the Fenway Park, the fabulous baseball stadium and home of the Boston Red Sox. A very unique to have a Big Air event at! I landed a clean Switch Double Misty 1260° in the qualifications and made it to finals. In the finals we skied in front of 16'000 cheering people, which was an amazing experience. Fired up by the crowd I landed all three jumps very well and ended up in 3rd place. It was my first Big Air World Cup and AFP Platinum podium and to achieve it at such an crazy event was indescribable!!
After that we flew straight to South Korea very we had a Slopestyle World Cup, which was a test event for the 2018 Olympics at the same time. Everything was very well organized, the Slopestyle course was really good and the Koreans seemed very happy to have us there. I landed a very clean run in the qualifications but just barely missed the finals by a few points and ended up in 12th place.
The week after one of my personal season or maybe even career highlights came up at Olso. My first ever X Games participation! The city big air jump was very good and I felt good during the practice. I landed a clean switch double misty 1260° on my first run in the qualifications but didn't get enough points to make the finals. Therefore I tried to step it up on my second run and did a switch double misty 1440°. But I put down a hand in the landing and didn't make it through the qualifications. Nevertheless it was an awesome experience to take part at such a big event and I hope I'll be able to go back again!
Last week the last FiS slopestlye world cup of the season took place on Mt. Corvatsch next to St. Moritz. I was excited to finish the world cup season off with an event back home. The weather during the qualifications was quite challenging but I still managed to qualify for the finals. In the finals I put down a clean run and ranked 7th. In this seasons overall world cup ranking I finished 8th, which I am very happy about!
Now there are a few more events coming up but the schedule starts to get a bit less hectic. Like that I'll have some time to ski at Laax and work on my skills.
Here's the Swiss Freeski Video form Boston:
SWISS FREESKI X BOSTON RED SOX from Swiss Freeski on Vimeo.