Stars and Stripes in Milan: Big Air is already a success
The first weekend, with the Snowboard World Cup event, involved over 8.000 spectators in awe of the amazing tricks performed by the three Americans on the podium, topped by Chris Corning. Austrian Anna Gasser queen of the Women’s race for the second year in a row. The freeski event next up in seven days
Milan, stars and stripes. USA rule in the first Big Air Snowboard World Cup stage. Under the Tree of Life, the former symbol of Expo Milan 2015, a big-time crowd of over 8.000 people, in spite of a chilly night – lit up in excitement for the incredible tricks of these fearless teenagers, capable of amazing maneuvers on the spectacular ramp built in the big city, and covered in white by the Valmalenco’s snow.
The first World Cup stage of the year produced an all-American podium, relegating the biggest star of the discipline – Belgian Seppe Smits (144,25 pts) – down to fifth place. Chris Corning (182.75 pts) achieved an authoritative success, highlighted by a stunning triple cork in his second jump (93.25 pts); well distanced behind him, Redmond Gerard (163.00 pts) and Kyle Mack (161.50 pts). Also, Italian fans had good reasons to cheer and celebrate, with Alberto Maffei (136.25 pts) ending with his career best placement in 7th. “It was a lot of fun – said Corning, 18 years and a Big Air World Silver Medal under his belt – to step on the podium with two teammates was an amazing feeling, couldn’t get any better. Today everything panned out fell, and I closed the day with my career-high score in Big Air: quite a way to start the Olympic year”.
In the women’s race, Austrian Anna Gasser (160.25 pts) claimed her second title in a row in Milan, keeping at distance Brit Katie Ormerod (143.25 pts) and Swiss Sina Candrian (130.25 pts): this time, an all-European podium. “I am so happy of this success, particularly after things didn’t go that well yesterday and even today in the morning. In the end, it was a happy ending. The atmosphere in Milan is amazing, I love competing here and I can’t wait to return year after year”, the Austrian said.
The first weekend in Milan goes in the books with good satisfaction, waiting for the second stage, on next Friday and Saturday, with the Freeski World Cup. In its second year, Big Air and the City is confirming as a top-notch event: in addition to an impressive organizational and technical effort to set up a 40-meter high ramp as well as the snowing works, the festive atmosphere and the collateral activities succeeded in summoning families and plenty of kids: Big Air and the City is really everybody’s party.