When: Thu 1st of January 1970
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Matevz Petek grabbed Gold in this season’s first Big Air of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup, held at the Olympic arena Stockholm stadium.
In Stockholm’s debut as a World Cup host, the Slovenian rider earned 26.4 points in the big final of the new knock-out-format and thus relegated Peetu Piiroinen (24.9) to the second spot. The 18-year-old Finnish freestyler was the youngest snowboarder out of the 16 that made the finals, beating his fellow country man Risto Mattila to get down to the final two. But Mattila (25.9) was able to jump on the podium after he had successfully competed against Austrian Florian Mausser (24.7) in the battle for third.
Peetu Pirainen, Switch FS 1080. Peetu was definately one of the most consistant rider of the contest.
“It’s a miracle”, cheered Matevz Petek right after the final run. “In the training, I wasn’t able to land my tricks at all. But in the finals, I was doing better and better with every single jump.”
Besides his fourth World Cup triumph, the 23 year-old rider celebrated a much better opening into the season compared to last winter: “Last year, I missed the first two finals and thus lost too many points to fight for the Big Air’s Crystal Globe.”
In the big final, Peetu Piiroinen had to accept the dominance of the Slovenian athlete, too. But due to the fact that he was able to repeat his best result in the World Cup so far (Kreischberg, AUT, 2005) the young Finn was pleased: “I wanted to make it to the finals and then do my best. I’m stoked that it worked out fine!”
So, Risto Mattila who celebrated his eighth Big Air World Cup podium complimented Piiroinen on his good performance: “Peetu is an outstanding young gun. He is riding super good and rarely doesn’t stick his tricks. One can expect a lot from him in the future. He will be big! I myself am stoked with the third rank but mainly because I landed the Cab 1080.”
FIS’ Simone interviewing an enthusiast Risto Mattila. The event was live on Swedish national TV.
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- 1. PETEK Matevz (SLO)
- 2. PIIROINEN Peetu (FIN)
- 3. MATTILA Risto (FIN)
- 4. MAUSSER Florian (AUT)
- 5. WIIG Andreas (NOR)
- 6. GIMPL Stefan (AUT)
- 7. KRATTER Giacomo (ITA)
- 8. NADIG Benedikt (SUI)