The LAAX OPEN 2018 is a wrap! The well-known LAAX Superpipe up on Crap Sogn Gion Mountain was the center of attention today for the Halfpipe finals. Jiayu Lin/CHN† takes home the win and glory in front of an excited crowd.
After challenging weather conditions with lots of snowfall, bad visibility and wind during the last days, which forced organizers to cancel the Slopestyle competitions, the LAAX OPEN week ended with a bang. Despite snowfall riders showed excellent riding and great amplitude throughout the day. 14 male and 8 female riders had two runs in todays' finals with the best one counting, among them some of the best Halfpipe riders in the world like the Japanese and Swiss riders. Especially for the Japanese team todays' event was key, as the four of them were battling for three available spots to join Ayumo Hirano (LAAX OPEN Halfpipe winner 2016) at the upcoming Olympics.
In the Women's field the Chinese riders were the dominating force - like in the Semi's two days ago. Jiayu Liu earned once more the top score and her first LAAX OPEN Halfpipe title. Her very progressive winning run started off with a Switch Backside Air, followed by a Cab 720 Melon, Frontside 540 Stale, Backside 540 Mute and finished with a Frontside 720 Stale. Jiayu had this to say: "It's my very first time in LAAX and I'm very happy that I won as LAAX is just a great place!" Fellow countrywoman Cai Xuetong ended up 2nd with Queralt Castellet from Spain (LAAX resident during the winter), who just won the Aspen Snowmass World Cup last week, rounding up the podium.
Another LAAX OPEN week comes to an end. Massive thanks to all the riders, crews and volunteers for their patience and passion during a week with difficult weather conditions. Another thanks goes from the organizer LAAX to the event partners Red Bull, GraubŁnden, Swissmilk, Bank Cler, SRG and Swissski.