Thousand's of spectator's gathered this past Saturday armed with sunblock, grilled meat and PBR to watch the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Championships on Snowbird’s North Baldy.
If skiing has a sport that resembles the gladiators of old, this is it. Bold and brilliant skiers thrilled the crowd with incredible speed, gnarly technical lines and... did I mention monster air? In addition to classic big mountain style, the athletes also threw in moments of trickery including cork 360's, switch cliff landings, back filps, front flips and 720's.
The Super-Finals, were a collection of the top five women and 12 men from the Finals, and it was definitely a stomp to win situation on North Baldy, considering the level of skiers in the mix.
For the men, an East coaster won, Lars Chickering-Ayers, of Mad River Glen, Vermont, skied a fast, aggressive line, getting huge air off of Flying Squirrel Cliff and then straight-lining it to a double-drop in the Amphitheater, earning him a combined score of 125.57.
Following Chickering-Ayers in second was Drew Stoecklein, of Snowbird, Utah, with 121.37, in third was Oakley White-Allen, of Snowbird, Utah, with 119.5, in fourth, Nick ''little buddy'' Greener, of Snowbird, Utah, with 117.5, which also earned him the coveted Backcountry.com Sickbird Award.
Perhaps no one excited the crowd more, however, than Angel Collinson, of Snowbird, Utah, who was the definite leader, earning a combined score of 104.23. Collinson’s aggressive skiing and strategic double cliff drop in Amphitheater, not only earned her the top spot, but also was enough to push into the lead for overall Tour points.
For her stellar skiing, Collinson was awarded the McConkey Cup, in honor of the man who not only pioneered big mountain skiing, but also started the International Freeskier Association.
As we approach the one-year anniversary this week of the sports founding father's untimely death, it is only fitting that the overall championship award be dedicated to none other than Saucer Boy.
"He is the overall, leader and inspiration of freeskiing," said Event Director Bryan Barlow, "It was Shane's vision to create a freeskiing competition, to bring the world's best skier to one place and demonstrate the progression."His legacy will continue to live on through the spirit of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour and through the athletes that earn his Cup. We know he’d be proud of the progression all the athletes displayed today.''
Collinson, 20, also won the coveted overall 2010 The North Face Young Gun Award.
Behind Collinson in second, was Crystal Wright, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a 103.17, in third was Emily Teague, of Aspen, Colorado, with a 96.53, in fourth, Alaina Huestis, of Snowbird, Utah, with a 94.13 and in fifth and Snowbird The North Face Young Gun Award winner, Sara Mancuso, 20, of Squaw Valley, California, with a total score of 93.98.
For a complete results, photos, videos, athlete profiles and more, please visit www.freeskiingworldtour.com