“Woooo!!!” screams the media half way up the slope. Claps and woots encourage the riders as they ascend the in-run under the venue lights. Nerves take the backseat to a mix of enthusiasm and anxiety. With the confidence gained at yesterday’s session, tonight was set to be a hell of a show.
Yesterday’s wind died down, replaced by a placid midday snow that most of the riders managed to sleep through. The few who made it up to the mountain reaped the benefits of a near perfect park, a perfect chance to warm up the legs before tonight.
As the sun set and the venue lights switched on, the riders made their way to the jump. A posse of pros envied by the entire ski community, the riders stepped into their skis and aimed at the jump; a monster as perfectly shaped as ever.
It did not take long for the first hits of the night, sent perfectly just passed the knuckle. Speed was not an issue with the wind subdued and the second run saw tricks. Once again it did not take long for the guys to take things to a whole new level…
Today’s practice saw a host of double corks from all the guys, but the highlight of the night was the guys who found enough confidence to flip thrice. This included Joss Christensen, Robby Franco and Alex Bellemare, cementing suspicions of the competition being decided by those crazy enough to commit to the triple.
Who will take the win this year? Who has what it takes to claim victory at the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational?
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