THREDBO, AU - Looking back at the weather this event started with, its hard to believe the blue bird conditions during these past two days of competition. However, there was no time for the riders to stop and admire the scenery. To them this was their last opporuntity to put themselves in the running for the $10,000 cash prize. On Day Three of Toyota’s One Hit Wonder Down Under the only choice was to go big or go home.
Progression was the word of the day with riders collecting new tricks for their bag of goodies. Defying all means of comprehension, these freeskiers were in their element and pushing boundaries like their lives depended on it.
Gus Kenworthy left no opportunity untouched. Having hit the jump well into yesterday’s late afternoon, today he showed the world why he is the current AFP overall champ, with effortless switch double cork 1440′s amidst a flurry of grabs.
We saw switch 1260 mute grabs from Canadian Joe Shouster, big cork 720′s from Frenchman Jerome Lambert and some massive rodeo 5 safety grabs from NZ hero, Jossi Wells.
Victorian Anna Segal gave us true insight into why she is the only female finalist in this event. Not only going bigger with every hit, from 3′s to 5′s and then landing her first ever 900, what loomed large yesterday was conquered and dominated today. She was our unstoppable Aussie and promising Sochi Olympic gold medalist.
It didn’t stop there as 2010 AFP overall champ and Salomon team rider Bobby Brown made us question our own eyesight and replay the take again and again. Stomping a switch right 1260 mute grab for the second time ever, he left the camera crew and his fellow athletes lost for words.
“Russ Henshaw dared me… enough said, it was time to mix it up and nail this trick,” Bobby said.
18-year-old Jesse Houghton played camera favourite again, sending his double front flip superman well into the carpark.
Jesse explained his game plan, “So far I’ve been trying to stomp both a technical trick as well as the crowd pleaser. It’s hard to know what the public are going to be looking for when it comes to voting.”
Starting today, the public, have three weeks to vote online at http://www.onehitwonderevent.com for your single favorite big-air trick.
Remember, your vote will also put you in the drawing to win the ‘Ultimate Winter Package’ worth over $10,000. This includes an all-expenses-paid holiday for two to Hakuba Japan, staying at the luxurious Phoenix Hotel, a complete Salomon ski or snowboard package, Von Zipper eyewear, plus a GE DV1 HD Waterproof & Shockproof Video Camera to film the trip.
Not too shabby of a prize in return for an opinion you would have likely shared for free.
The winning athlete with the most votes will take home $10,000 in cold hard cash, the biggest first place prize on the Australian Alpine event calendar.
Check out a video recap of Day Three: