Andri Ragettli gets victory lap as he wins Snowmass Grand Prix slopestyle
MEN’S SKI SLOPESTYLE
1. Andri Ragettli, SUI, 95.00
2. Ferdinand Dahl, NOR, 94.60
3. Oystein Braaten, NOR, 94.20
4. McRae Williams, USA, 92.20
5. Fabian Boesch, SUI, 91.40
6. James Woods, GBR, 90.20
7. Alex Bellemare, CAN, 85.50
8. Taisei Yamamoto, JPN, 84.80
9. Quinn Wolferman, USA, 84.20
10. Oscar Wester, SWE, 83.20
11. Joona Kangas, FIN, 78.00
12. Jesper Tjader, SWE, 71.40
13. Jonas Hunziker, SUI, 67.60
14. Willie Borm, USA, 64.40
15. Teal Harle, CAN, 24.40
16. Antoine Adelisse, FRA, did not start
Andri Ragettli stood atop the slopestyle course Saturday at Snowmass with absolutely nothing to lose.
Having secured the win at the Toyoto U.S. Grand Prix after a 95 on his first run, the 19-year-old from Switzerland put down his second 90-plus run of the day on the victory lap.
Ragettli’s first run withstood through the 14 skiers after him in the second round; he scored a 90.60 on his second trip.
“It was a perfect day. The course was perfect. I had a perfect feeling with that first run for a 95, and having a victory lap is amazing,” Ragettli said. “It’s one of the best feelings when you’re up there and you know you’ve won the event. It gives you energy for another nice and crazy run, and that’s what I did.”
American McRae Williams was sitting third after his second run with only five skiers able to knock him off the podium. But the 27-year-old from Park City, Utah, was pushed down when Norway’s Ferdinand Dahl registered a 94.60 run for second place to join fellow countryman Oystein Braaten on the podium. Braaten, the current World Cup leader, put together a 92.20 run on the second time down.
Nine of the 30 runs were scored at 90 points or higher, including two by three skiers. Fabian Boesch of Switzerland had runs of 91.40 and 91.20 but finished fifth.
“In the finals, everyone goes all in,” Braaten said. “That’s crazy there were that many 90-runs. It’s really fun to get on the podium with a fellow Norweigen. We ski a lot together and feed off each other.”
With his fourth-place finish, Williams moved to fourth in the World Cup standings and second in the U.S. qualifying rankings after two-of-five selection events.
Sunday’s slopestyle competition is not FIS sanctioned, so there are no World Cup points available. However, it is the third U.S.-selection event so it is expected to be an American-heavy field.
Nick Goepper, who did not compete this week in Snowmass is the only American male to have a podium (second at December’s Dew Tour) in the selection events so far.
Rounding out the top five in the U.S. standings are Alex Hall (50), Telluride’s Gus Kenworthy (40) and Quinn Wolferman (35), who finished ninth in Saturday’s 16-skier finals with a 84.20-point second run. American Willie Borm was 14th Saturday.
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