When: Sat 13th of December 2008
Natasha Zurek was the first and second one, Cheryl Maas did it after her, Jamie Anderson followed in 2006 before the Dutch lady bagged it again last year. But who will bring home the Roxy Chicken Jam crown and a clutch full of dollars this year?
Actually we thought we might be able to answer this question today but we will have to wait for the final decision until tomorrow. Cheryl Maas is again a hot bet to win the only European 6 stars all girls TTR event, but the same goes for Norwegian shredder Kjersti Buaas who both showed massive spins despite heavy winds that made riding a lottery. Well, let's start with the beginning, yesterday's qualifications...
Girls from all over the world travelled to the little town of Kaprun in Thursday to compete in what is the biggest all girls events in Europe. Riders like the TTR world champions Cheryl Maas (2005/06) and Torah Bright (2006/07), the "Austrian Army" Lisa Filzmoser and Claudia Fliri, French shredette Margot Rozies, Canadian Leanne Pelosi, last year's World Rookie Champion Kari Opsal Maeland, Kimmy Fasani, Lisa Wiik, Vicci Miller, and, and, and... In short, there are 25 of the world's best female riders who all want to get a piece of the cake which consists of 50.000 US dollars prize money! These ladies were all invited but 30 other girls still had to go through the qualifications that took place in the Glacier Park at the Kitzsteinhorn yesterday. The slopestyle consisted of three kickers, a tree bonk, some boxes and a wallride but the problem was the fresh snow and the cold temperatures which made it difficult for the girls to get enough speed for the kicker line. But they tried their best and in the end it was these lucky eight who got a ticket for what was supposed to be today's finals: Thea Stenshagen (NOR), Charlotte Van Gils (NED), Aimee Fuller (UK), Steffi Hamann (GER), Veronika Rajcsanyi (GER), Julia Baumgartner (AUT), Diana Sadlowski (POL) and Vera Janssen (GER)!
Was it the lacking speed yesterday, it was heavy winds today. Despite almost bluebird sky and only a few clouds the conditions were difficult: The wind was so strong that it even blew away one of the big Roxy signs in the park. That meant that the riding was more a lottery of who is dropping in when there is a weaker gust. Cheryl Maas showed balls when she hit the kicker with a massive Frontside 5 and we would have probably seen Kjersti Buaas on the podium with a perfect BS 3 to FS 7 to wallride to lipslide boardslide. But most of the girls stopped riding after the first run as they decided it was too dangerous. Austrian Lisa Filzmoser couldn't get enough speed in the first run and landed too short. Deciding to give it a second try she took as much speed as she could get, leaving out the first kicker to go full speed on the second, when a gust hit her right at the take off and Lisa slammed. Fortunately she didn't get injure but happy when the speaker announced that they would suspend the contest for the moment and have a riders meeting an hour later in the restaurant. There they announced that the contest would be continued tomorrow, Sunday, with hopefully better weather conditions. "I'm happy about this decision", Lisa said afterwards. "It is just too dangerous up there. Let's hope for tomorrow!" That's what we do now. Waiting and hoping for tomorrow. Meeting the girls at the X mas mask party in the castle of Kaprun later (a Magnum bottle of champagne for the best mask to win! You should see team Onboard's masks...). Maybe getting a bit drunk (for sure if we win the bottle of champagne!). Waking up with a hangover tomorrow morning. Getting up on the mountain at 8. Watching the finals. Seeing Torah, Cheryl, Lisa & Co rip. Writing a report about it. Uploading it on the website. Check back here tomorrow!
All pictures: Lorenz Holder.