Jasmine Baird (Georgetown, ON) got a last-minute spot into the event, and made the most of the opportunity; landing her first ever FIS Big Air World Cup podium with a 3rd place right behind the Austrian snowboard legend Anna Gasser and Japanese rider Kokoma Murase . Following Jasmine in 3rd was her teammate Brooke Voigt (Fort McMurray, AB) with a solid 4th place.
The event was sold out, stands were packed, and a strong field of riders was ready to send it under the lights of the downtown night event; the FIS World Cup Big Air in Chur, SUI. The first World Cup of the season leading to the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Cheering each other on top of the massive jump, Brooke Voigt and Jasmine Baird were on a mission to get a good result to stay in the game for a spot in the Winter Olympic Games and they didn’t miss out.
After a difficult 1st trick frontside 7 where she missed her grab and scored 42.75, Brooke Voigt came back strong with a perfectly executed backside 7 scoring 53.50 and a total of: 96.25 good enough for 4th place overall. Her best result in Big Air since the Atlanta City Big Air World Cup in December 2019.
Jasmine Baird rode super clean all night and was the only rider to land all her tricks. On her first jump, she executed a clean Cab Dub 9 scoring 80.00pts and taking 3rd place provisionally. For her second jump she went for a Backside 7 which scored 58.50, but she knew she could do better. Going again for the Back 7 on her 3rd and final jump she was rewarded for her Execution, Amplitude and Landing and scored 68.75 for a total of 148.7 taking the bronze medal.
Jasmine commented “I was super stoked just to be at this event coming in as an alternate in the first place and making finals as well. I really didn’t expect this podium so I’m just super stoked overall and it’s my 1st World Cup Podium in Big Air so I’m really happy about that and it puts me in a really good spot to get to the Olympic Games so overall pretty good day.”
Mark McMorris was the top Canadian rider on the men’s side, but didn’t have the day he was hoping for in finals yet still finished just off the podium, taking home 5th place.
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