Swatch TTR World Championship: Enni Rekajärvi Celebrates Her Win
She may be young, but Finland's Enni Rukajärvi has proven that she is an athlete that should be feared by her competitors. With the contest in the past, the TTR World Champion celebrates her amazing victory.
19-year old rookie from Finland, Enni Rukajärvi has been crowned the champion of the 2010 Swatch TTR World Championship, which was held in Mammoth, USA. Now, no one is doubting this young boarder's skills.
An absolutely fearless athlete, Rukajärvi cleaned up almost every slopestyle title she tried for this winter. She climbed the TTR ranks and was awarded $50,000 at the Roxy Chicken Jam US in addition to the Swatch TTR World Snowboard 2009/2010 title.
In the fall of 2009/2010, Enni Rukajärvi began to gain international attention with her win at the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2009 in Austria, where she beat former TTR World Champion Cheryl Maas.
The big bang of Rukajärvi's career came along with her slopestyle victories at the 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam in Saalbach, Austria and the 6Star Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland.
Without a doubt Rukajärvi was a serious contender for the Swatch TTR top spot. Following the 6Star events, she climbed into World No. 6 and spoke about her experience at the BEO:
“I was really nervous in the semis because I wanted to get to the finals, but once I got in I was able to just ride”.
The TTR World Champion demonstrated outstanding skill and determination in her second run, consisting of a 50-50 Boardslide to Fakie, Cab 360 Slide, Cab 270 Boardslide, 50-50 on Downbox, Stalefish Frontside 360 Indy, Backside mute 540 and a stylish Cab 720.
After her success in January, Enni Rukajärvi accepted an invitation to compete at the 5Star Burton Canadian Open, despite her original plans to only do a few events this year.
It was a wise decision, because sitting in World No. 4 prior to the 6Star Burton US Open allowed Rukajärvi to relax a bit and she returned to her home mountain to regain her focus.
At Stratton she just missed the podium with 4th place in slopestyle and 15th in the halfpipe and was awarded the Burton Global Open Series title.
Now in the Swatch TTR ranking lead Rukajärvi was in a great position for the Roxy Chicken Jam USA, however, with seven other contenders able to overtake her rank she was still in for a tight battle. Despite the challenge, she placed 6th in slopestyle and 21st in halfpipe.
“I feel awesome. I am so happy and stoked and also surprised. I did not expect to be Tour Champion at all at the beginning of the season.” Enni Rukajärvi has certainly showed that one can make her way through the various Star rated events on the TTR Tour and participate in the open events to make a success story and we can expect to see a lot more of her in the future.
Rukajärvi will automatically be enrolled in next years Swatch TTR World Championship.
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