Ulrik Badertscher (NOR) won the Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing competition in the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium tonight, followed by 2 Norwegian wingmen Torstein Horgmo and Ståle Sandbech. Ulrik received the coveted Air & Style Ring of Glory and 1,000 TTR World Ranking points.
Ulrik's winning run was a very clean backside rodeo 1260, which was also awarded Red Bull's Best Trick. Torstein Horgmo commented: 'Norway did OK today. There is no secret to it, we just all got juiced and we just follow some bad ass dudes, we just try to keep up.'
Favorites Sebastien Toutant (CAN) and Seppe Smits (BEL) both failed to reach the podium like last year. Seppe had the best results in the first round, but didn't manage to land his three attempts in the second round. Seb's cab 1260 double cork wasn't good enough to beat Ulrik's smooth double backside rodeo 12 Indy Grab, which gave him the highest score of the second round.
Ståle Sandbech is the new leader of the TTR World Snowboard Tour Overall rankings and Roope Tonteri's 12th place was enough to keep him ranked no 1 on the Big Air Rankings. Ulrik Badertscher moved to the 5th position on both the TTR Big Air Tour Ranking and TTR Overall Ranking, a steady result.
The battle for the TTR Big Air Tour Title will have 3 more chapters, with the Relentless Big Air by Quiksilver in Stuttgart following on December 16-17. In 2012 it's on to Davos for the O'Neill Evolution from the 2nd to the 8th of January, and finally the TTR Big Air Tour crowning will take place at the Air& Style in Innsbruck, the final Big Air event of the year.
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TTR Pro Snowboarding is a new breed of sports governing body made up of a professional network of events, athletes, nations and industry partners. TTR has been built upon the sport’s core values and unique culture with the goal of making snowboarding the most recognized progressive sport in the world. The overall objective is to uphold the progression of snowboarding by providing fair and open competition environments, including innovative judging and ranking systems, that allow for athletes to develop from rookies into world-class athletes. A non-profit organization, the TTR owns and operates the TTR World Snowboard Tour, the TTR World Ranking System and the World Snowboarding Championships. At the end of each TTR World Tour competitive season, TTR awards World Tour Champion titles in each of the following categories: Overall, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air.