When: Sun 14th of December 2008
Where: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria
Nature was stronger: the Roxy Chicken Jam 2008 had been cancelled yesterday due to the heavy winds at the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier Park.
Winds gusting up to 140 km/hour and flat light combined caused the Swatch TTR 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam to be called off. Event organizers cancelled the competition after assessing the difficult weather conditions. "We are all disappointed that this important TTR event can't take place", Maritxu Darrigrand, Roxy Marketing Director said. And Austrian rider Claudia Fliri adds: “The weather didn’t let us ride the contest, but next year I’ll be back for sure because it is a great event for girls."
The organizers were sad to announce the decision on Sunday morning, however, the riders’ safety was the main concern. “There is so much wind up there so we had to cancel the Roxy Chicken Jam here in Kaprun this year. I’m happy as it’s safer for everyone. Next year it is going to happen again for sure!" said Tina Birbaum, founder of the event.
Girls had arrived from all over the world for this top level competition where Top 5 ranking changes had been expected. Props go out to Thea Stenshagen (NOR), Charlotte Van Gills (NED) and Aimee Fuller (GBR), who all qualified with stylish runs and were ready to step it up in the final against the pros in attendance including Torah Bright (AUS), Kjersti Buaas (NOR), Cheryl Maas (NED) and Kimmy Fasani (USA). Both Maas and Fasani had the chance to move into World Nr. 2 with 1000 TTR ranking points up for grabs in one of snowboarding’s highest rated women only events.
The riders had been at Kaprun the whole week before the event to prepare themselves for one of the only TTR all girls events at the perfectly arranged Kitzsteinhorn Glacier Park. "But we had a very nice evening yesterday at the X-mas masked party at the castle Kaprun", Darrigrand said. Some riders and media people were maybe not too unhappy about the decision on Sunday morning as it was hell of a party with masked scuba divers, super heroes, princesses and psychos rocking until the early morning hours. Don´t forget to check back later here for an extensive photo essay of the evening...