Words by: Michi Müller
FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships 2012 – Young guns, high level !!!
From the 20th to 22nd of march the FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships took place at the small resort of Valmalenco, Italy. Sunny skies and a well shaped snowpark provided the riders the perfect conditions to throw down their best tricks on the four rail features and the two kickers of the slopestyle course.
And already the two days of training made clear, that a really high level with tons of dubs and right side spins could be expected for the competition day.
After the qualification runs 8 girls and 12 boys made it up to the finals.
At the end it was the swedish girl Sandra Dejin who placed 3rd (railsilde to fakie – switch 180 – 360 mute – slide over the flat-down-box – front 270 off).
Christia Sjaastad from Norway finished 2nd (front 270 off – switch 540 – 720 tail – slide over the flat-down-box – front 450 off).
And X Games medalist Devin Logan got 1st (front 270 off – switch 540 mute – cork 720 tail – flat-down-box to fakie – switch on front 270 off).
In the boys final swiss young gun Jonas Hunziker placed 3rd (270 on 270 off – switch right 900 mute – dub 1080 double mute poke – 270 on front up 270 off – railslide misty off). Norwegian Oistein Braaten got 2nd (270 on 270 off – left cork 720 mute – right cork 1080 blunt – gap 450 on 270 off – railslide misty off).
With Kai Mahler from switzerland another X Games medalist finished 1st (270 on – left dub 1080 mute poke – right dub 1080 mute – downpart k-fed – 270 on 450 off).
Summing up, after three days watching the kids here in Valmenco I can say, it doesn‘t matter if there is a junior‘s or a men‘s competition these days. The riding level is pretty much the same. So I‘m really looking forward to next years FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships to see what happens then.
Congratulations to all the riders!
The full results are as the follows:
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