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Brits 2012: Big Air Finals!

15:25 26th March 2012 by Kel Verbiest
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Brits 2012: Big Air Finals!

In true BRITS style the sun continued to beat down for the final day of competition and the British Freeski Big Air Championships. Anticipation was high and riders were primed to push themselves to the next level. An incredibly high standard was set in qualifiers making way for an exciting final. Riders had three runs to throw down their best tricks and Molly Summerhayes stepped it up to take gold for the women while Lucas Hogland continued his winning streak taking gold for the men.

In the women’s category, Molly Summerhayes won her first BRITS gold medal with three solid runs, throwing down a floaty 360, 720 and signing off with an impressive 900 on her last run. “It feels amazing I’ve never won an overall title before, I’m so stoked”, said Molly. Next up and the youngest ever finalist at The BRITS, 11 year-old Maddie Rowlands laid down a switch 180 off the intimidating 20m kicker. Team GB Coach Pat Sharples said that Maddie “Is my stand out female performer of the week. I predict great things for her”.

Topping the podium for the second day running was 17-year-old BRITS newcomer Lucas Hogland. If his 9 high mute grab wasn’t enough to keep the judges happy he then stomped an awesome cork 9 mute grab, finishing with a switch 1080 mute grab. “It feels really good, I had no idea I’d end up taking two titles when I came out here, the standard is really high so I’m chuffed,” said Lucas. Riding super solid all day Tyler Jay Harding took silver with a stomped cork 7 tail grab and tidy dub 10 safety grab, which he only learnt last week! Finishing the top three was Peter Speight and it was great to see him back on top form after taking a nasty knock to the head in the slopestyle yesterday. Breaking both his binding’s in qualifiers he borrowed Josh Birch’s ski’s for the finals but that didn’t stop him nailing a cork 9 tail grab and a huge switch misty 9.

British Freeski Big Air Championships Results
Men
1 – Lucas Hogland
2 – Tyler Jay Harding
3 – Peter Speight

Women
1 – Molly Summerhayes
2 – Maddie Rowlands


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