It was the first World Cup Big Air of the European season with both snowboard and ski finals over the weekend in Modena, Italy.

The McCormick brothers were flying the flag for Great Britain with Matt snowboarding and Chris skiing.

Under the floodlights the world’s best were battling it out to win the first freestyle competition of the season. First off was the snowboard World Cup Big Air with a big crowd turning out, despite the freezing cold conditions. World Cup Big Air events have two heats of qualifying with only ten riders get to qualifying for the main final.

British rider Matt McCormick was ranked 43rd for the event and scored a 48.00 in qualifying after two jump scores. This wasn’t enough to qualify for the final unfortunately, but Matt McCormick managed to finish a respectable 33rd place. He will be slightly disappointed with the result though after scoring a few top 20 results in the past two seasons.

The snowboard final was won by Japan’s Takeru Otsuka, who had a spectacular second jump with a massive frontside 1440 which was impeccably executed and landed. USA’s Chris Corning finished 1.75 points behind Otsuka, with Finland’s Kalle Jarvilehto rounding out the podium. 


On Sunday, it was the ski World Cup Big Air with massive field trying to qualify for the men’s event. It was then Chris McCormick’s turn to try to make the main event final. Ranked 51st in the bib draw the British rider always knew it would be hard to qualify.

The Brit was given a 52.00 score by the judges which placed him 37th in the qualifying heats. A high 80s score at least was needed to qualify for the final, so unfortunately, like Matt the day before there was no place in the final for Chris McCormick. 

Norway’s Birk Ruud combination of a switch left double 1620 tail and a styled out left double 1440 tail-to-tail, grabbed him maximum World Cup points and the Modena win. Only 0.75 points behind was Alexander Hall of the USA in second place, with recent internet sensation Andri Ragettli of Switzerland closely behind in third.


Next up for the British Ski and Snowboard team is the World Cup Slalom in Levi, Finland on 17-18th November. Alex Tilley, Charlie Guest, Laurie Taylor and Dave Ryding will all be competing at the first Slalom World Cup of the season.

As for the freestylers, next stop is Stubai for the first European World Cup Slopestyle event of the season on the 24th November.

Full Results here:
Ski Big Air
Snowboard Big Air

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