Last week a group of the world’s best female freestyle skiers and snowboarders, including Britain’s Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller, gathered in Serfaus-Fiss in Austria for Nine Queens 2015.
An annual fixture on the snowboarding calendar, Nine Queens is one of very few women’s Big Air events, and gives the girls an opportunity to show off just what they can do on an awesome castle shaped course.
The competitors have a week to get to know the jumps so by the time the Big Air contest comes around on the final day, they are in a position to give it their absolute best.
This year’s event was one of the most progressive women’s events to date, with Klaudia Medlova landing the first ever women’s double back rodeo, Jamie Anderson stomping a frontside 1080, and Spencer O’Brien clocking up loads of different 900s.
Saturday’s Big Air contest allowed each of the riders around eight hits each, and after an hour of impressive riding from all the ladies, it was Kjersti Buass who took first place, putting down a front 720 stale and back 540 Japan in her winning runs. Despite not managing to land her double back rodeo for the final contest, Klaudia Medlova finished in second place, with Elena Könz taking third.
Female snowboarders are absolutely killing just now and it’s fantastic to see them being able to show what they can do in such high profile events. Let’s just hope we get to see even more of it in the coming months.
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