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Janne Korpi Wins 9Th Red Bull Nanshan Open


The weather gods finally smiled upon Nanshan Ski Village as riders were met with perfect conditions for Day 2 of the 9th Red Bull Nanshan Open! In a closely fought battle, Finlands Janne Korpi would clinch top honors at this 4Star Swatch TTR slopestyle contest, edging out young-gun Anton Bilare by a close judging decision. Im feeling pretty good! The weather was nice and the riding was great – it was really fun to ride today,” said Janne. Sunday mornings finals saw yesterdays top 12 ranked riders battle it out for the four spots in the afternoons Super Finals, with Anton Bilare (SWE) going into the session ranked first, followed by Sergey Lapushkin (RUS), Knut Eliassen (NOR) and Janne Korpi (FIN). As the only ‘double-corker of the event, 20-year-old Anton Bilare earned the highest scoring single run of the Super Finals with a huge front 1080 ‘dub-cork off the first kicker followed by a front-7 late cork, a tail-press on the up-cannon and boardslide on the down-rail finished off with a bs rodeo over the spine. However with the best two out of three runs being counted, Janne Korpis versatility and consistency would inch him into first place as he showed off all four 900s within his top runs while also throwing down on the jib section – including a 360-off on the down-rail and front flipping up the mini step-up. If style was the only factor being judged, Antons final run could have put him back on top, stomping a huge floaty frontside 5 off the first kicker followed by a cab 900 off the second, however it would not be enough to take top spot on the podium. Honorable mention goes to Sergey Lapushkin – popping his shoulder out in the lunchtime warm-up, a few painkillers later he was back in action to stomp one of the largest BS1080s of the contest, putting him in third. Earning the highest ranking a Chinese rider has achieved since the Nanshan Open gained TTR status, 20-year-old He Wei gave the locals something to cheer about with his FS720 to FS rodeo method runs in the morning for an 8th place finish. It was such a good feeling riding today with these guys… Im stoked!”