JOI Day 4: Time to shine!
Last night’s raucous celebration left us weary… It was JOI at its best, a loud and rambunctious party for the record books, unexpected but well welcomed. Sure, we paid for it this morning, but who’s complaining?
We awoke to sun, snow and a promising day of skiing with some unfortunate wind. Gusty and powerful, the same wind that cancelled last night’s practice demanded a bit of an alteration to the jump. The cannon rail was taken down and the jump reshaped into a more responsible alternative for tonight’s qualifiers.
Unfortunate, yes, but necessary and no one disagreed. They saw it as a new challenge, new opportunity to seize and make the best of. After the first hits, it was apparent that tonight was still going to be the beautiful battle of the world’s best that JOI was meant to be.
The format for the qualifications demanded two tricks, one single or uncorked trick — still judged on technicality as well as style — and one free-for-all jump that would really separate the men from the boys. Sixteen of the best would go on to the finals tomorrow and the three best from tomorrow (plus today’s two best) will advance to the super final. With that said, it wasn’t long before things really started to heat up…
Vincent Gagnier qualified first with a massive combination of calm and double bio spins with venom and reverse mute grabs, most notably his double cork 1260 reverse mute and bio 900 venom grab. Torin Yater-Wallace qualified second with some unique 1260s of his own and Jonas Hunziker took third.
Riders qualified for tomorrow finals (in order): Vincent Gagnier, Torin Yater-Wallace, Jonas Hunziker, Bobby Brown, Oscar Wester, Fabian Bösch, Øystein Bråten, Aleksander Aurdal, Luca Schuler, Jeremy Pancras, Joss Christensen, Alex Bellemare, Evan McEachran, Russ Henshaw, James Woods and Jesper Tjäder.
And so ends the first day of competition, a spectacular show of what makes the Jon Olsson Invitational the most impressive big air ski event in the world. But the night is young and the club calls… It’s time to party!
Check World of Betsafe tomorrow for full results and recap of the finals of the 2015 Jon Olsson Invitational!
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