Crowds of people gathered to watch as the third day rolled in at the Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill, at Mottolino Fun Mountain, Livigno. The girls were stepping it up making the most of the great conditions and in preparation for the big air contest!
(Pic: from the right Charlotte Van Gils Keri Herman)
After a chill morning the kicker session began in the late afternoon taking advantage of yet another gorgeous sunset. We saw some huge backside rodeos from Swiss ripper Isabel Derungs and Slovakian Klaudia Medlova, and Silje Norendal (NOR) switch backside 180s holding her grabs to the very last minute. Not to forget a new addition to the queens, Charlotte Van Gils from Holland who nearly landed a frontside 1080. Welcome Charlotte!
(Pic: Klaudia Medlova)
(Pic: Silje Norendal)
(Pic: Charlotte Van Gils)
Freeskier Keri Herman (USA) stomped a few dope switch 540s and Slovakian Zuzana Stromkova showed off her rodeo 720s, stomping it multiple times. Anais Caradeux (FRA) dropped some jaws as the only girl so far to land the huge transfer from the take-off in the middle of the pipe, to the landing of the left jump – she even attempted a 360 over the transfer but unfortunately was unable to put the landing gear down.
If you are in the vicinity of Livigno, come over to watch the ridiculously huge “Il Castello” in person, seeing it live will put the photos in context. The contest will be a jam session format, with 5 freeskiers and 5 snowboarders making it through to the final. The judging will focus on innovative tricks and style, but the main priority is for all the Queens to have fun!
(Pic: Emma Dahlström)
Timetable Contest Day March 29th:
* 10.00 – 11.00 Training
* 11.00 – 12.15 Qualification, Jam Session Kicker
* 12.15 – 13.00 Lunch break
* 13.00 – 13.30 Training Finals
* 13.30 – 14.30 Super Finals