Fabian Bösch has won the 2015 Jon Olsson Invitational ahead of Bobby Brown (2nd) and Torin Yater-Wallace (3rd)!
Though the conditions picked up from yesterday’s qualifiers, last night’s cold hardened the landing just enough to cause concern about hitting the big jump. After a few test jumps — including some massive overshoots, a few doubles and inconsistent winds — it was determined that the finals would be held on the smaller jump formerly the cannon rail.
Under the slowly falling sun, the venue glowed with smiles from the crowd and bangers on the kicker. It didn’t take long for the riders to feel comfortable and it was on. The format remained the same as yesterday; four hits, two count — one single cork and one free-for-all banger. 14 of yesterday’s 16 best competed in the early finals with the best three joining Vincent Gagnier and Torin Yater-Wallace in the super-finals.
After a world-wind of cork 1080s and enough double variations to leave us all dizzy for the next three weeks, it was Fabian Bösch, Bobby Brown and Oscar Wester who took the final three spots in the super finals with a flawless switch double bio 1260 safety grab, switch double cork 1260 mute grab and double cork 1620 respectively.
Thus, the night was alight, with the crowds quivering in anticipation for what would be the most epic Jon Olsson Invitational finale yet. Between super-final runs, some of the riders who didn’t make it would take a run to hype up the crowd. This included a massive double backflip from Jesper Tjäder over the large jump to give the crowd a taste of just how big of a beast it truly was. “I just wanted to hit the big jump,” says Jesper Tjäder. “Then I came up with the double backflip!” It was a trick that would ultimately win him the title of People’s Choice.
Then came the main event, the super finals. Everyone was feeling it, the excitement in the air was palpable, and the riders delivered… In second place, Bobby Brown threw perfect switch double 1260s, just edging out Torin’s stylish rodeo 1260 with a bow and arrow grab. But it was Fabian Bösch who gave the judges what they wanted, a gigantic triple 1440 safety grab, and earned the title of champion of the 2015 Jon Olsson Invitational.
And thus we bid a sad farewell to the biggest event of the ski season, truly one for the record books. Now it’s time to celebrate, to send the event off in style and party the night away! Stay tuned for a special post-JOI contest coming at you tomorrow!
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