2012 Jon Olsson Invitational Big Air
Gus Kenworthy won this year's Jon Olsson Invitational Big Air in re, Sweden, with a switch triple 1440, followed up by a double corked 1620. "Jon builds the best jumps in the world and I felt comfortable trying new tricks on it," Kenworthy said.
Eight athletes qualified for the finals on Saturday in a battle for the best two tricks in a five-jump format. Here are the athletes riding the rope tow to the top of the jump.
First place qualifier Bobby Brown was unable to make the podium after stomping a flawless triple cork 1440 mute and getting the highest score of the day with a 97. He ended up in seventh place after not being able to land a second jump.
In the nature of Jon Olsson's dual freeskiing and ski racing careers, the Vattenfall Alpine Challenge Finals were set up alongside the Big Air jump. Olsson placed fourth in the dual ski race, which was won by Calle Lindh.
"Everyone was throwing down super hard and the atmosphere with the crowds and all the riders was amazing," says Gus Kenworthy, seen here.
Frej Jnsson placed fourth in the Big Air contest with a double cork 7 and double cork 9.
On the first night of practice, Bobby Brown tried a triple but wasn't able to fully complete it and Russ Henshaw completed one on his fifth jump. Jon Olsson, shown here, declared that it might be "the best jump ever made."
Kai Mahler placed sixth in the finals. "[Juding this contest] was one of the greatest experiences of my career and some of the best skiing I have ever seen," said JOI judge Laurent Favre.
Noah Morrison during qualifiers for JOI. The qualifiers alone saw some of the most progressive skiing at any big air in history.