The Big Air Competition was the crowning moment of the remarkableNine Queens event and a sensational display of women's freeskiing prowess.Conditions in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis couldn't have been better for the finalcompetition; blue bird skies and hardly any wind enabled the ladies to throwdown the hardest they have all week. During the last five days the fifteeninvited riders had multiple sessions with the invited photographers and filmerson the various awesome features of the impeccable Chateau.
Of course, we have a banger edit with the best action from Contest Day:
On competition day countless cheering spectators had the chance towitness freeskiing history in the making. Unfortunately Coline Ballet-Baz and Jamie Crane-Mauzy were unable to take part due to injury, but they definitely crushed it during the week and were cheering for the other girls. The Queens were all smiles, stoked to have such perfect conditions to hit the incredible jump. After an hour-long quali session in the morning, the girls had an hour and half long jam session where the top eight were selected to move into thefinals. A great combination of styled out grabs and technical tricks werelanded in the jam session: cork 900s, switch 900s and double grab 360s kept everyone amped up and demonstrated what freeskiing really is to any uneducated spectators.
Like every year, the final of the Nine Queens Big Air competitionwas one for the history books, with three tricks being landed that had never before been landed in a ladie's competition. The vibe at the top was phenomenal,there was no pressure and all the ladies cheered and encouraged each other topush themselves. They each had five runs to land their best tricks, with thebest two different tricks determining their final score.
The young German Lisa Zimmermann was unbeatable in the finals,stomping her cork 900 truckdriver on the first run and her double cork 1260safety on the second – a textbook demonstration of freeski mastery as she isalso the only woman in the world able to do those tricks. "I am super stoked toland the tricks that I did," said Lisa. "It's so special to have a Big Airevent just for girls. Being able to session the jump and hang out with thegirls all week is just amazing." The Slovakian Zuzička Stromková claimed secondplace stomping her styled out rodeo 720 safety and then landing a rodeo 900 forthe first time ever. Camillia Berra from Switzerland rounded off the podium with ahuge double frontflip and a smooth rodeo 720. During the finals Katie Summerhayes from the United Kingdom had a few issues landingher tricks and had to sit out a few runs due to a big crash, however she cameback after the competition was already over and landed the first switch 1260ever landed by a woman; a massive achievement she was overjoyed by.
The full list of results is as follows:
1. Lisa Zimmerman (GER) (double cork 1260 safety, cork 900truckdriver)
2. Zuzička Stromková (SVK) (rodeo 720 safety, rodeo 900safety)
3. Camillia Berra (SUI) (rodeo 720 safety, double frontflip)
4. Maude Raymond (USA) (switch 720 japan, switch 540 blunt)
5. Silvia Bertagna (ITA) (720 mute, 540 mute)
6. Katie Summerhayes (GBR) (switch 1080 no grab, 540 tail)
7. Dania Assaly (CAN) (360 mute, 540 mute)
8. Philo Bair (AUT) (360 safety, 540 safety)
"Yet again the Ladies pushed freeskiing to another level at theNine Queens" said head judge Christoph Thaler, "every year the event getsbetter and better, I can't wait to see what happens next year!" Needless to saythe athletes, media, spectators and organizers couldn't be happier with how the2013 Nine Queens finished up. Congratulations to all the Queens, and lets hopenext year's event is as good as this year's!
Moredetails of the event can be found at www.ninequeens.com!