Austrian Freeski Open: Qualification at high level
Marlon Holzmann wins the Men’s Qualification at the Austrian Freeski Open 2009, Boen Ferguson in second and Jussi Mononen in third place.
The Men‘s Qualification of the Austrian Freeski Open 2009 took place today in Mayrhofen’s Penken Park under grey skies. The flat light couldn‘t stop 40 riders representing 12 nations from competing on a remarkably high level. Even some double flips were to be seen. The judges didn‘t exclusively focus on trick difficulty, however, but set the same value to style. At the end, 15 riders representing 9 nations made the cut for Friday’s final, among them the impressive 16-year-olds James Woods, Sebi Geiger and Roope Leppänen.
The high class competition was dominated by three riders fighting for the best score. Austrian Marlon Holzmann finally took the top spot by a narrow margin of only three points, spinning super clean Switch 720s in both direction on the kickers. He completed his marvelous run with a 270° On at the down rail and a forward 270° Out at the up-box. Second was Australian Boen Ferguson, who showed a 450° Out at the up-box and followed up a Switch Leftside 720° with a Switch Rightside 1080°. Unfortunately he couldn‘t stomp the Switch 10, thus falling behind Marlon Holzmann. Third became Jussi Mononen from Finland with a solid run including a Rightside 900° to Switch Rightside 900° on the kickers.
The obstacles are shaped to perfection, the race office is set, everything is ready to go for European freeskiing scene arriving in Mayrhofen. The Austrian Open is about to start into a week-long program full of excitement.
At today’s training, the competition course of this year‘s Austrian Freeski Open simply looked brilliant. The riders didn’t hesitate to take advantage of it and practiced their runs for tomorrow’s qualification one more time.