Air & Style Beijing 2013 Olympic season debut

Lea Hauser
Air-&-Style-Beijing-2012-Winner-Yuki-Kadono

There is no better venue than Beijing’s National Stadium – the Bird’s Nest of the Olympic Games five years ago – to start the Olympic snowboard season with the Air & Style Beijing 2013, a 6-star competition of the the World  Snowboard Tour. The new modified ramp gives all athletes even more space to perform their tricks. The height, lip and landing of the ramp have grown compared to last year’s setup. Perfect conditions for double and triple corks and, hopefully, some previously unseen tricks to set a first benchmark for the Olympic Games in February.

The new modified ramp gives all athletes even more space to perform their tricks. The height, lip and landing of the ramp have grown compared to last year’s setup. Perfect conditions for double and triple corks and, hopefully, some previously unseen tricks to set a first benchmark for the Olympic Games in February.

Stale Sandbech, who placed third in Beijing in 2012, and Peetu Piroiinen, who placed second, are two of numerous Olympic hopefuls ready for Air & Style Beijing in 2013. Yuki Kadono, who won with a triple cork in his final run last year, will travel over the East China Sea to Beijing. Last season’s dominant riders are joined by Air & Style Innsbruck 2013 Champion Eric Willett (USA). Ulrik Badertscher (NOR) intends to claim his second winning title in Beijing after his victory in 2011. After a two year break, Iceland’s Halldor Helgason (ISL) will be back to unpack some of his signature tricks that made him famous at the Air & Style Munich in 2011. Sage Kotsenburg (USA), Gjermund Braaten (NOR) and Austrian rider Mathias Weissenbacher, who placed fourth last year, are among the 24 starters.

Round one will kick off with the famous Air & Style head-­‐to-­‐head duels between all 24 riders. The 12 winners and 4 lucky losers will advance to the next round. The winner will be crowned out of the 4 remaining riders in the superfinal and receive the coveted Ring of Glory, 1.000 World Snowboard Tour points and the dragon’s share of the total prize money of 100,000 US$.

Further information is available at http://www.air-­‐style.com  and to check out if your favorite rider is among the 24 starters, have a look here:

Provisional Starter field

Yuki Kadono (JPN), Eric Willett (USA), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Ståle Sandbech (NOR)

Sage Kotsenburg (USA), Gjermund Braaten (NOR), Ulrik Badertscher (NOR),

Emil Ulsletten (NOR),  Mathias Weissenbacher (AUT) , Boris Mouton (FRA),

Halldor Helgason (ISL), Niklas Mattsson (SWE), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR), Sven Thorgren (SWE),

Kim Rune Hansen (NOR), Markku Koski (FIN), Ethan Morgan (GER), Nik Baden (USA)

Eric Beauchemin (USA), Toshiki Yamane (JPN), Tim Kevin Ravnjak (SLO), Jonas Bösiger (SUI)

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