Livigno, Italy – 25th February 2010: American Eric Willett took home the Brux Slopestyle title and 850 Swatch TTR ranking points this Thursday at the 5Star Burn River Jump in Livigno, Italy. With high level snowboarding seen from the 67 riders gathered from all over the world, it was the talented rookies Gjermund Braaten (NOR) who grabbed second place and Roope Tonteri (FIN) who took third. The biggest climber in the TTR Ranking, with a 5th place is Janne Korpi (FIN) who now sits in World No. 4. All of today’s top ten riders who have not yet received an invitation or wildcard will compete in Friday’s straight jump format, the Burn River Jump.
Perfect Conditions at the Mottolino Park Today’s event saw the guys rock the perfectly shaped Mottolino park in the beautiful APT Livigno and SkiPassion Snow-Ski Area. Willett’s winning run included a Switch Backside 1260, Frontside Double Cork 1080 and a Backside Double Rodeo, which scored him miles ahead of his opponents. Collecting another great result this season, he has moved up the Swatch TTR world ranking list into No.11 and with tomorrow’s format he has lined himself up in an excellent position to move into the Top 10.
With his 2nd place today, Gjermund entered the Swatch TTR Top 10 and now sits in World No. 9. He was content with his performance and was measuring up his chances to move into the Top 5. “The jumps were perfect and I had a good feeling…It would be a dream come true for me to be in the TTR Top 5. I got one more contest tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. But just being in the Top 10 is so great.”
Straight Air Format Brings A Night Spectacle to Livigno The second 5Star format, the straight air, will take place in the center of Livigno on Friday evening, where the contestants will be jumping over the Spoel river. Battling it out for those valuable Swatch TTR ranking points, we will see the qualified riders from today’s slopestyle, 12 wild card entrants and 8 invited riders competing for victory. With Switzerland’s Christian Haller looking to improve on his TTR World No. 6 ranking and Roope Tonteri, Eric Willet, Mikkel Bang (NOR), Ville Uotila (FIN), Kevin Backström (SWE) and Mark McMorris (CAN) all aiming for a result that will see them rise into the TTR Top 10, you are guaranteed to see some hot riding.
2. Gjermund Braaten, NOR
3. Roope Tonteri, FIN
4. Yale Cousino, USA
5. Janne Korpi, FIN
6. Mark McMorris, CAN
7. Tor Lundstrom, SWE
8. Victor De le Rue, FRA
9. Ville Uotila, FIN
10. Kevin Backstrom, SWE
Swatch TTR World Ranking List as of 25.02.2010