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Monday, January 20, 2020

LAAX OPEN 2020 - Best of Slopestyle

The weather played along another day putting smiles on all faces while
witnessing today’s Snowboard action in the innovative course for the
highly anticipated Slopestyle finals in LAAX. Julia Marino (USA) &
Sebastien Toutant (CAN) are the proud first LAAX OPEN winners of the new
decade walking home with a prize purse of CHF 25.000 each. In the
women’s field Julia Marino from the US set the bar high with an
incredible first run including a Backside 900 Melon, a Cab Double
Underflip Mute and a Frontside 720 Mute on the kicker line which earned
her 81,30 points. None of the other finalists was able to get close to
her score. It’s Julia’s first LAAX OPEN win “It was the best week of my
life. The weather was perfect, the course just awesome and the level of
riding was great.” Reira Iwabuchi from Japan and Katie Ormerod from the
UK complete the podium on 2nd and 3rd. Noteworthy is young German rider
Annika Morgan who narrowly missed out on a podium spot ending up 4th. In
the men’s comp young Red Gerard (USA), Slopestyle Olympic Champion
2018, was in the lead for a very long time. But then came Seb Toutant
(CAN), Big Air Olympic Champion 2018. Seb, in the game since many years
and already winner of the Burton European Open Junior Jam in 2008 in
LAAX, threw down an incredible 2nd run with an outstanding Backside 1440
Mute on the last jump and a Frontside 1080 Mute on the least feature
which earned him the highest score of the day kicking off Staale
Sandbech from the podium and pushing Gerard and Justus Henkes into 2nd
and 3rd position. Seb stated: “I have been coming here for so many years
and I’m really proud I finally made it to the top. It is my first
contest in 2020 and it is just amazing to win here in LAAX.”

Results:

Women:
1. Julia Marino, USA, 81,30
2. Reira Iwabuchi, JPN, 76,95
3. Katie Ormerod, GBR, 64,20
4. Annika Morgan, GER, 58,43
5. Hailey Langland, USA, 45,85

Men:
1. Sebastien Toutant, CAN, 87,25
2. Red Gerard, USA, 85,45
3. Justus Henkes, USA, 82,33
4. Staale Sandbech, NOR, 81,53
5. Sven Thorgren, SWE, 81,46 




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