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Grilc Wins Evolution Slopestyle - With Video!

19:43 9th January 2010 by Anna Langer
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When: January 4-9, 2010

Where: Davos, Switzerland


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Marko Grilc flipping his way to the siege

Marko Grilc flipping his way to victory

What a day for Marko Grilc (SLO). Although he showed some really nice riding in the semifinals as well as in the finals that earned him the win of the TTR 5 star event, he probably leaves this event with mixed feelings. Because bagging another 3rd place bumped 08/09 tour champ Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) back into No 1 of the TTR World Ranking. And to make the Finnish shredfest complete and underline the dominance of Scandic riders of the qualification, Ville Paumola come second.

Never be too happy when you look out of the window in the morning and see a bluebird sky. Because it might turn around in a minute to bite you in the ass – not literally of course, although today was so freezing cold, a bite might have actually helped. So today wasn’t only the first day conditions weren’t great but rather horrible with light so flat most riders weren’t even wearing goggles – racing towards the kickers with about 40 km/h it is a mystery how they still found the kicker and didn’t drown from the water in their eyes.

Only 17 but flying high like the big ones: Kevin Backstrom

Only 17 but flying high like the big ones: Kevin Backstrom

But anyway the qualified as well as the invited riders showed they were there for a reason and still put on quite a show for the crowd in Davos. Especially impressing was the high level of the teenage riders like Stale Sandbech (NOR), Mark McMorris (CAN) and Kevin Backstrom (SWE), who are not yet allowed to buy proper alcohol but already stomp Cab 9s like they do nothing else (which is probably true but still really amazing).

The landing of the second kicker had already been challenging in the qualifications (were the sun was still blazing) and was still responsible for the most slams and washing outs today. Maybe the flatlands also have flat light, but the 18 years old Seppe Smits from Belgium was the only one in the semifinals who sticked all of his runs more or less cleanly. And his backflips off the up rail directly in front of the crowd got him some serious cheering too of course. Stomping a super nice Switch BS Double Cork 10 got Peetu in the lead straight in the first run though, ahead of Grilo, who after a complete disaster in the first run that already started with a messed up start managed to stick his FS 10 Double Cork in the second. Already indicating what a super tight race for the win the final would become, Ville qualified third for the final, only 1 point behind Grilo.

From the qualification straight to runner up: Ville Paumola

From the qualification straight to runner up: Ville Paumola

So after a much needed warm up break, the battle was really on for the finals. Although the conditions hadn’t gotten any better and all  riders had problems stomping their tricks cleanly, we were still in for some treats like a smooth BS Double Rodeo from American Eric Willet, a BS 12 by Seppe, a huge FS Air Indy over the hip by Stale and Torgeir Bergrem’s (NOR) frontflips off the up rail. But they weren’t able to tackle the top three.

Riding with the concision of Swiss clockwork, 18 years old Ville had not only already won the qualification but also managed to trump his countrymen and reigning world champion Peetu with a super nice Switch BS 9 and FS 10 in his third run, adding even more tension to the last runs of Grilo and Peetu. They both didn’t change their high score anymore, but with his massive first run consisting of the uber crowd pleaser Double Backflip, the trick that won him the Air&Style earlier this year, a FS 10 Double Cork and a 5/0 backflip off the up rail, the win was clearly Grilo’s. Jostling him off the Number 1 position in the TTR World Tour Ranking, Peetu is probably still really happy with his 3rd place too.

We are happy to be back in the warmth (and to be able to stop moaning) and looking more than forward to the next big event coming up that is the Burton European Open in Laax next week, that is bound to mix up the TTR ranking again too. What a chase.

- Anna Langer

Peetu seems to nail that corks whereever - pipe, kicker, whatever...

Would we all stomp Double Corks no matter where if we grew up in the icy parks of Finland? Probably not like Peetu anyway...

Full Results

1 Marko Grilc SLO 93.50

2 Ville Paumola FIN 90.00

3 Peetu Piiroinen FIN 89.67

4 Seppe Smits BEL 89.50

5 Sondre Tiller NOR 85.50

6 Eric Willett USA 80.33

7 Elias Elhardt GER 77.83

8 Stale Sandbech NOR 76.33

9 Torgeir Bergrem NOR 76.00

10 Sean Ryan USA 74.00

11 Mathieu Schaer SUI 68.50

12 Kevin Backstrom SWE 62.83

13 Mark McMorris CAN 61.67

14 Gjermund Braaten NOR 44.50

15 Janne Lipsanen FIN 30.00

16 Tore Holvik NOR 29.67

Eric Willet

Eric Willet

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