July 15, 2024

On Ice: Jacir aims for the podium at the start of the Big Air

On Ice: Jacir aims for the podium at the start of the Big Air


On Saturday (8 p.m., live on ORF Sport+), the Big Air slope in Chur will once again be the stage for the inaugural Snowboarders World Cup. Like last year, Olympic champion Anna Jacir wants to start the season successfully in second place. For partner Clemens Mellor, the competition in Graubünden, Switzerland, is her comeback after breaking his ankle at the Winter Games in February.

After staying in Australia and New Zealand, Gasser and Millauer finally got the finishing touches at their start at Saas Fee. Jacir explained the current challenge: “As part of the preparations, we jumped into the big, well-equipped kicks, and now we have to go back to the tight slope for the city event.”

“But I’m feeling pretty fit and ready,” confirmed Carinthian, who finished second behind Japan’s Kokomo Murasi last year at Khor. This year’s Austrian athlete had no problems in qualifying. Jacir confidently reached the top eight final on Saturday afternoon. Only the Japanese Rira Iwabuchi were better.

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Mellor is back in fitness again after an injury sustained at the Olympics

Also Mellor in the final

Millware is also at the tenth resolution in the evening. The 27-year-old finished fifth in his qualifying group. Mellor is back in fitness again after being badly injured in training in Beijing. “The injury has recovered well and is no longer causing me any problems. I hardly think about it anymore. Physically everything is fine, and I am looking forward to returning,” said the top Austrian.

Dufjak at first debut 32.

On the other hand, Junior World Champion Eric Dovjak was eliminated from his World Cup debut at the age of 32. For the 17-year-old, his World Cup debut was “mainly about getting to know everything, but at the same time staying focused and showing a decent performance,” Doviak said.

Due to the cancellation of the World Cup in November in Fallon, the second of four Big Air stops on November 9 and 10 was cancelled. December in Edmonton, Canada. The season finale takes place in mid-January in Kreischberg. In slopestyle, the four-part season doesn’t start until January in Laax. The World Championships in all disciplines will be held in Georgia at the end of February/beginning of March.

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