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The Audi Nines 2018 Highlights Video

It’s a wrap – The Audi Nines presented by Falken took place in Sölden, Austria and saw thrilling Skiing and Snowboarding performances on the new SlopeX course, Big Air and Quarterpipe. The unique setup and perfect weather resulted in more than 3,000 fans enjoying the the jaw-dropping skills riders had to showcase.

Highlights of the week
The unique loop obstacle proved to be a highlight among the numerous innovative elements of the SlopeX course. For reigning Olympic Ski Cross Champion Brady Leman, a dream came true: “Since I was a kid, I always wanted to ski a loop!” The obstacle also presented an opportunity for Jesper Tjäder to do the first ever switch loop on skis and Gigi Rüf to show possibly the first ever carved snowboard loop. 2015 World Slopestyle Champion Fabian Bösch created a buzz on social media with his ridiculous Triple Frontflip Superman over the Middle Jump, while riders and spectators alike loved the spectacular new “Hammer Drop Start”.

The Hammer Drop Start gate at the 2018 Audi Nines snowboard and Ski event

The SlopeX finals
The Public Contest Day began with the SlopeX qualification in the morning, then the fastest riders competed in eagerly awaited finals in the afternoon. For the snowboarders’, 2-time World Snowboard Cross Champion Alex Pullin prevailed over 2-time Olympic Champion Pierre Vaultier and snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen. Among the skiers, Olympic Ski Cross Champion Brady Leman won by a hair’s breadth ahead of Alex Fiva followed by Tim Hronek. Additionally, Pierre Vaultier, Brady Leman, Christian Haller and Jesper Tjäder took the win in the new SlopeX team competition.

Brady Leman winning the Skier SlopeX finals at The Audi NinesBrady Leman

The Freestyle Big Air Finals
The freestyle Big Air competition took place on the Main Big Air feature offering three different take-offs. The finals were held as a 70-minute jam session with the two best tricks counting. On the skiers’ side, trick wizard Andri Ragettli convinced the judges with his Switch Triple Cork 1440 Safety and Triple Cork 1620 Double Safety, leaving James Woods,Triple Cork 1440 Safety & Switch Triple Cork 1440 Octo, and Ralph Welponer, Switch Double Cork 1440 Blunt & Triple Cork 1620 Safety, in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Andri Ragettli winning the Skier Big air at the 2018 Audi NinesAndri Ragettli

For the snowboarders’, local hero Clemens Millauer took victory landing a Frontside Double Cork 1440 Tailgrab and a Switch Backside 1260 Melon. 2nd place went to Carlos Garcia Knight, Frontside Double Cork 1080 Nosegrab & Switch Double Cork 900 Tailgrab. Simon Gruber took 3rd performing a Frontside 1080 Indy and Backside 1080 Mute. Terje Haakonsen also took the quarter-pipe Best Trick Award with a classy and massive Backside Air.
Clemens Millauer winning the Snowboard Big Air finals at The Audi Nines 2018Clemens Millauer

Olympic Slopestyle Gold medallist Sarah Höfflin dominated the female skiers’ competition sticking a Switch left side Double Cork 900 Safety and Switch Double Cork 1080 Mute. 2nd place went to Jennie-Lee Burmansson, while Darian Stevens took 3rd.
For the snowboard women, 2017 Aspen X Games winner Hailey Langland earned the win with a Cab 720 Nosegrab and one of the biggest Cab 1080s ever stuck by a snowboarder. Klaudia Medlova took 2nd while Silje Norendal and Sina Candrian tied for 3rd.
Sarah Höfflin winning the Women's Skier Big Air at The Audi NinesSarah Höfflin
Hailey Langland winning the Women's Snowboard Big Air at the 2018 Audi NinesHailey Langland

2018 Audi Nines Results

Freeski Men Big Air
1st Andri Ragettli
2nd James Woods
3rd Ralph Welponer

Freeski Women Big Air
1st Sarah Höfflin
2nd Jennie-Lee Burmansson
3rd Darian Stevens

Snowboard Men Big Air
1st Clemens Millauer
2nd Carlos Garcia Knight
3rd Simon Gruber

Snowboard Women Big Air
1st Hailey Langland
2nd Klaudia Medlova
3rd Silje Norendal and Sina Candrian

SlopeX Snowboard
1st Alex Pullin
2nd Pierre Vaultier
3rd Terje Haakonsen

SlopeX Ski
1st Brady Leman
2nd Alex Fiva
3rd Tim Hronek

Photos by Audi Nines/ Distillery.

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