Sunday, January 23, 2011

"It's His Perogative" Bobby Brown does it Again

The podium at Sunday's slopestyle: Bobby Brown, Elias Ambuhl, Nick Goepper
While practicing for the Killington Dew Tour slopestyle final, Bobby Brown clipped a stray piece of plastic on a box feature, sending him airborne. He landed square on the box with his back and spent the rest of the day in the medical center, doubting he'd be able to compete Sunday.

Not only did he compete, Brown won the event, as he prepares to defend his slopestyle crown at Winter X 15. Brown overcame a rare first-run crash on a double cork 1260 (which left him sprawled in a heap on the snow, one ski halfway up the transition) to overtake Elias Ambuhl on the day's final run.
"My dad's here, my agent, Jaimeson [Keegan], and my buddy Banks [Gilberti] -- they were all like, 'Yo, you got this, you got this, dude,'" Brown said. "So I just chilled and sat with them and relaxed. I had a clear mind and just went for it. I went bigger on the second jump so I had more time to do the double 12."

Brown, 19, was also flawless on his rails and sandwiched two other technical double flips -- a switch dub rodeo 9 and a switch rightside dub cork 9 -- around his 12. His score of 93.75 was two points better than Ambuhl, 18, a Swiss skier who lives in a Breckenridge hotel for much of the winter and trains with Brown.

Rural Indiana native Nick Goepper, 16, made it an all-teenager podium with the best finish of his career.

Men's Freeski Slopestyle Final

Rank Name Score
1. Bobby Brown 93.75
2. Elias Ambuhl 91.75
3. Nick Goepper 88.25
4. Alex Schlopy 87.50
5. JF Houle 84.75
6. Henrik Harlaut 80.50
7. Russ Henshaw 80.00
8. McRae Williams 76.50
9. Aleksander Aurdal 70.25
10. Andreas HĂ„tveit 70.25
11. Sammy Carlson 55.25
12. Alexis Godbout DNS

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