Freeskier Finn Bilous finished eighth in the Big Air World Cup finals held in Modena, Italy on November 4, matching Cardrona NZ Park and Pipe teammate Tiarn Collins’ result in the snowboard event a day earlier.
Bilous (pictured) already had a bronze medal from the first World Cup of the season, held at Cardrona in August.
“This was only my second time competing in a city Big Air and my first finals under the lights, so I was hyped to be riding in that electric environment,” Bilous said.
The 46m tall and 130m long steel and snow structure was one of the biggest Big Air jumps on the World Cup circuit so far.
Bilous crashed a switch right triple 1260 safety on the first hit, but he managed to stick it perfectly on the second try, qualifying for finals third in his heat. The combined scores of two jumps count for finals placings, and the tricks must be spun in different directions.
In the finals, he started with a switch 1260, crashed on the first hit but landed it perfectly on the second run. On the third hit he went for the forwards triple 1440 but just under rotated and received a low score which would see him finish eighth overall.
“I was really happy to make it through to the finals after two heavy qualification heats,” Bilous said.
“I decided to go all in for finals and try to put down two triple cork variations for my jumps. I was gutted to only be able to put down one of my triples; however, I went in to the finals with an all-or-nothing mentality so I’m happy to have given it a good crack tonight.”
NZ’s Margaux Hackett (Queenstown) finished 11th in the ladies’ Big Air, playing it safe to ensure a landed first run before trying a more technical misty 7 safety on her second but crashing out.