Day two at the Jon Olsson Invitational is always a bit nerve-racking… The jump is prepped, the riders are in town and the focus has shifted to Åre’s newest massive landmark. It’s time for the riders to take to the air!
Post last night’s welcoming party — where we all may have had just a little bit too much fun — today started predictably late, the price we pay for partying. Some took to the local park to get the freeski juices flowing again after yesterday’s travels and some decided to play it cool, resting up before what came tonight.
At the seam of afternoon and evening, it was time to suit up. With some residual snowfall from yesterday’s cold welcoming, the jump was intimidating… 26 meters long and taller than I dare to think about, the jump is a mountain within itself, a foe fit for the world’s best freeskiers. The athletes stared in awe at the giant, fearing it yet fidgeting in excitement at the thought of floating gracefully over it.
From there, it didn’t take long for the guys to scale the in-run and take to the air. With more than three seconds of hang time, the jump begged to be tricked on… The JOI veterans seized the opportunity, showing the new inductees how it’s done with slower spins which evolved into more stylish and riskier tricks and eventually the week’s first triple; an immensely laid-out triple backflip from Bobby Brown.
The snow eventually gave way to a hint of blue and the first sunset session of the event. By the end of the first practice, everyone was in high-spirits, confident in their feel for the massive jump and already sizing up new tricks to add to the history of freeskiing.
Tonight is up for grabs… Rumors of “maybe just one beer” seem to be infectious, but the 2015 JOI crew deserves a rest before really getting at the jump in tomorrow’s practice. Who am I kidding… This is the Jon Olsson Invitational! Who knows where the night might take us.
Trust me when I tell you, this year’s Jon Olsson Invitational is going to be the biggest and baddest yet… Stay tuned to World of Betsafe to see what happens next!
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