Finland shines at the Burton European Open

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 16, 2010 2:08 pm

Laax, Switzerland – January 15th, 2010: The Finns took a double victory today at the 6Star Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland, where the circus-themed event hit full swing with the men’s and women’s slopestyle finals. Thanks to a perfectly executed last run, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) took the title and left Mikkel Bang (NOR) in second and Gjermund Braaten (NOR) in third. On the women’s side, newcomer Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), who recently took the title of the 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam, dominated the competition from the semi finals on and was able to secure first place. Second place went to local Sina Candrian and third to current Swatch TTR Tour leader Sarka Pancochova (CZE).

Finns Rule With Precision and Style
Piiroinen solidified his top spot in the Swatch TTR ranking with his technical run consisting of a 270 Boardslide 270 Out, Backside 360 Mute Pole-jam, Frontside Disaster, Switch Front Board, Inverted Cab 720, Backside 1080 Tail, Frontside 900 and Cab 1080. Peetu was in a great mood after his victory and beamed “It’s really great for my TTR ranking to get my 6th result and a better lead&now I don’t have so much pressure!”

The stoked 19-year old Rukajärvi moved into TTR World No. 7 and stated “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”. Her determination showed in the finals where she reached top scores with 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.

Big changes in the Swatch TTR Top 10 Men and Women
With a third place today Pancochova defended her Tour lead. But closing the gap is Swiss Sina Candrian who moved up one position and now sits in World No. 2, improving her chances to take over the Tour lead after the halfpipe format. “This would be awesome and then keeping that spot would be even better”, Candrian said but retained that her main focus is to collect one more valuable 6Star result in tomorrow’s halfpipe final.

In the men’s rankings, Swiss rider Christian Haller managed to enter the Swatch TTR Top 5. With his World No. 5 position he has good chances to move into World No. 2 tomorrow in the halfpipe format. Also his fellow Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov has a good shot at a TTR Top 5 spot.

One more 6-Star Result to be won in Tomorrow’s Halpipe Finals
Tomorrow will see the halfpipe finals and with many of the Olympic hopefuls present, the battle will be fierce for both the women’s and men’s.