Austria may be on lockdown with closed ski resorts, but FIS has found a way to bring ski racing back to life 8 women and 16 men reached Saturday morning’s final (which should probably be 12 and 12 by now and at that age?), on what seemed like a fun start-of-season setup with two jumps and three benches of rails The jumps weren’t the biggest (the smallest jumps from Prime Park), which put a lot of emphasis on a rail setup with a few creative options available thanks to the transitions around the first features and the many gap options It was fun to hear Austrian TV presenters calling everyone ski acrobats in the morning, but to their credit the coverage from the commentators was pretty good Henrik and Woodsy both withdrew from the contest at the start of the weekend, but despite travel restrictions and some names missing, it was a very strong field to enter

Qualifying-winning Kelly Sildaru chose not to start after falling in qualifying, as did Darian Stevens We hope neither is too badly injured Tess Ledeux took the lead with a dub perfect 12 mute up and stomp throughout her run Mathilde Gremaud, showed how much the ladies have pushed the bar, starting things off with a flawless bio 9 to rock the dub 10 combo on jumps, crashing down unfortunately on the rails Johanne Killi also stomped a sw dub 10 with a slightly schematic but flowing line through the rails Eileen Gu went forward dub 10 to cork 9, fire the barrel, K-Fed and 2 of 2 for a run clean enough but the rails were pretty basic

Second run, the course had clearly slowed down, the first 4 ladies to retire being missed on the first jump Johanne Killi made the second jump but failed on her switch dub 10 It snowed overnight and as it was hot the temperatures melted the cool top layer and we all know how slow it can be The first three remained Ledeux, Killi, Gu

Colby Stevenson was the first to retire, spinning a flawed 16 double on the first jump and a back swap gap on the folds on the last rail member A slight dent on the second rail 4a function switch seemed to hurt his score a bit Christian Nummedal went huge on the first of two b2b dub 14s and kept it smooth and tech through the rails for the head Switch 4 continuing 2 down was on a pretty cold rail, but if not, a drug run Andri laid him down, as always: switch dub misty 12 tail, dub 14, kfeds, and a disaster 4 down provisional 2nd place, probably because of the K-Feds Oystein had some pompom, but some shouts go to her for actually using the creative tranny options available in the rail sections! Nick Goepper went strong, 2 on cork 4 out, change dub 12 to dub 15 on jumps, 3rd place for now

Ferdi’s run was a goddamn beauty I rarely get excited about a comp run these days, but he kept it steady and crashed everything dub switch 12, dub misty 10, dope switch transfer 450 to the switch on the lower rail Only the third tentative but you know NS would have had it first Mark Hendrickson loaded the course, the highlight being a HUGE transfer from the 270 switch on the first feature film, but it went a long way little big, so it was sketchy The others also had bobbles here and there, leaving things Nummedal, Ragettli, Dahl after the first run

Second race Colby found a huge rail transfer to a front swap, but arguably didn’t grease it perfectly Just enough for fifth Thomas Frostad deserves a style scream, but couldn’t keep it clean throughout his run andri changed his jumps which is honestly pretty impressive with just two runs dub 16 blunt, misty dub switch 12, kfed, 270 on kfed, 450 on 2 off First place Was it exciting? It’s up to you, but it was flawless Kim Gubser’s first shot forward, the Misty 12 double was another highlight, but he couldn’t make a clean run Sebastian Scherve pulled off a 3swap before (to switch ) on a steady down ramp, which is always impressive, and grabbed the gun seat belt but had a rough landing on jump 2 that hurt his score Oliwer Magnusson also landed a clean one, highlighted by a dub 14 tail up top and a back swap pretz 2 at the bottom Not remarkable but solid for 6th Fabian Boesch looked on track to win, before grabbing a switch 2 and not even sliding the bottom rail Mark Hendrickson went too slow on his second Switch 2 disaster attempt And it turns out that in this crazy world there is still one constant: Andri Ragettli winning world cups It felt like a day of pow, so j ‘hope the guys will enjoy it now

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