Frostgun Invitational 2010: New Zealander Wins 10,000 Euro Prize Money
The New Zealander Russ Henshaw has won one of the most important Big Air Events of Europe, the Frostgun Invitational in Val Thorens. Not only has he proven himself as a skiier, but now he also has an extra 10,000 euros of prize money in his pocket.
With four podium finishes at the Backyard Battle in Norway and the Red Bull Cold Rush in Canada last weekend it seems like the Marker Völkl Freeski Team is just showing off. Warmer weather is on its way, but freeskiing season is far from over.
A highlight was without a doubt the 2010 Frostgun Invitational in Val Thorens. With the prize money set at 10,000 Euro, the competition started with a two run qualification. Then, a head-to-head final of the top 8 was to decide about the winner in front of a cheering crowd in the middle of the resort.
Since the training day was cancelled due to bad weather, the riders had only an hour of preparation time before the start. Russ Henshaw had a bit of a slow start, but finally got his trademark double cork 1080° dialled and safely qualified for the finals.
Henshaw first eliminated Flo Bastien and then Sam Favret, before Loic Collom-Patton set the bar high in the grand final with a double cork 1260° mute. Russ Henshaw did what a superstar would do and nailed a perfect double cork 1080 double mute in the decisive moment.
Russ Henshaw’s victory in France was not the only success of the Marker Völkl Freeski Team this week. At the Backyard Battle in Norway, Fridtjof Fredricsson and Pekka Hyysalo both made the podium as second and third, while Norwegian Klaus Finne took a surprising win in the big air competition.
Unlike other performers, Jossi Wells rocks all three disciplines in freeskiing competitions. His AFP halfpipe rankings are off the chart and he continues to rack up the titles in the 2010 season.
The line up for the most exciting freeski event of the year is set. The Nine Knights is anything but the usual freeski competition and on the 24th of April they will leap through the snow, battling for fame and glory.