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Copper Mountain – American Colby West threw down the biggest air of the night with a Switch 1080 Stomp, clinching the championship title for Big Air.
X-Games Medalist Jossi Wells, of New Zealand, cheered his friend on from the second spot on the podium, pulling a flawless mute grab in his final run. Michael Clark placed third, Russ Henshaw, yesterday’s slopestyle medalist, nails fourth.
New snow was falling throughout the night, making the jump slow and the air smaller, really bringing out the champions.
Big names Peter Olenick, Sammy Carlson, and Andreas Hatveit fell in the final eight, eliminating their chances to move on to the finals.
“It was really fun being in the air and twisting like that,” West said after his first run. The crowd “felt the earth shake,” according to announcer Luke Van Valin.
Other notable tricks throughout the night included a nearly perfect Switch 1080 from Charles Gagnier’s little bro, Vincent, and a Kangaroo Flip in the second run from Bobby Brown, with a less than perfect landing.
As snowfall became one problem, fences turned into another. Thomas Doplads skied under the fence after an off landing, staying safe. On his second run in the final eight, Doplads ran into the fence again, taking a moment to get up. That second fall eliminated him from competition.
The U.S. Freeskiing Open continues tomorrow with Men’s and Women’s Superpipe in the morning. Check here for live streaming as well as up-to-the-minute results.