Picture Big Air Ski Championships Results & Review 2019
GREENWAY AND CLAYTON RULE THE SKIES OF LAAX ON DAY ONE OF THE 2019 BRITS
Day one of competition at the 2019 British Championships saw the UK’s finest amongst the monoliths of Laax’s pro line kickers, throwing their best moves for arguably the purest event in freeski - Big Air. Just one big trick was all that stood between each skier and the national title, but once the dust settled it was Tom Greenway and Amy Clayton who walked away with the day’s golds.
With three perfectly groomed kickers to choose from and near perfect weather a two run qualification kicked off. Each rider had two chances to impress the judges and Kirsty Muir wasted no time in putting her name to the top of the list for the final with a switch misty 900. The small but strong women’s field all followed her into the superfinal and it’s promise of 2 more chances to throw a hammer.
In the men’s field, it was 17 year old Tom Greenway who lead a 12 strong contingent of skiers into the superfinal, and with representatives from the under 16, under 18, open and masters categories it would be a battle for the age groups as well as the overall title.
As the superfinal came around, the wind arrived and conditions became a little more testing and treacherous for the competitors. Even as the skiers practiced before their last runs, fan favourite and 2nd place qualifier Justin Taylor-Tipton took a spill that ruled him out of the rest of the contest - a blow after a thrilling qualification performance. But taming the conditions with seeming ease it was the number 1 seed Greenway whose switch double 1260 wowed the crowds and the judges to take the win. Jasper Klein’s 1260 Japan may have earned him a silver medal, but it was his enormous double backflip that earned his place in the hearts of onlookers. Grabbing bronze was Harris Booth with another 12, this time with a safety grab.
Greenway is looking forward to the rest of the week and obviously happy to start of The BRITS with a win; “I was super happy with it, obviously the conditions weren't great, it was super windy today and everyone was being a bit cagey because of it, I had an idea of something more to send, but i played it a bit safe. But it's my first overall british title and I'm pretty happy with that!”
In the women’s superfinal, it was a battle against nerves and the wind, a battle that Kirsty Muir lost as although she was the only woman hitting the biggest kicker, she could only manage a 360 and she lost out to Amy Claytons much cleaner and grabbed full rotation over the smaller kicker. Kirsty had to settle for the silver and Lara Shaw picked up the bronze with a 720 to close out the podium.
An elated Clayton said after prizegiving; “It’s my first overall championship win and I'm so stoked with it! I had a massive crash in Livigno a while back and to come back on the jumps is a massive thing for me. Conditions were good, got slightly windy for the finals, but I’m super happy I landed the backflip in qually and I landed everything I wanted to.”
A firm favourite of the judges and crowds alike where the father son duos competing alongside each other. Neil and Luke Burke dropped in within minutes of each other, as did Dan and Simon Abra. Simon, today’s oldest competitor, stunned even his own son when he stepped into skis for the first time in a decade and threw a backflip over the sizeable medium kicker. Dan channeled some of his fathers bravery to get back up and try an enormous double after crashing in his first run nastily, only failing to land it due to his outrageous amplitude.
Picture Organic Clothing British Big Air Championships - Ski Results
1st – Tom Greenway 1st – Amy Clayton
2nd – Jasper Klein 2nd – Kirsty Muir
3rd – Harris Booth 3rd – Lara Shaw
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