http://mpora.com/videos/fqM9iYawC Peetu Piiroinen has rounded off an epic weekend by adding the Burton European Open halfpipe title to the slopestyle title he took on Friday. Paula Ligocka, a relatively unknown young rider from Poland won the women's contest. Check out the video highlights from the contest below
As with his slopestyle victory, Peetu's eventual win was far from a foregone conclusion. In fact, highly unusually, the Finnish stomping machine fell on his first two runs as he attempted to stick a 1080 double cork. In the meantime, the rest of the field was stepping up in a serious way.
Ilkka-Eemeli Laari, the young Finnish contender who seems to have come out of nowhere, threw down a frankly insane run on his first attempt, instantly catapulting himself to the top of the leaderboard. His five-hit run included a backside 540 mute, a frontside 12 tailgrab, a backside air, a frontside double cork 10 and a haakon flip to finish. IIka-Eemeli's achievement was made all the more impressive by the fact that he came all the way through pre-qualifiers to reach the final.
With the young Finn still sitting in first place as the competitors prepared for their final run, the pressure was on. Peetu dropped first, and, switching up his sequence of tricks a bit, threw down a stylish run which included a huge backside 7, a front nine, and the double cork that had been eluding him all morning. The fact that he decided to throw it down switch helped him bump Ilkka-Eemeli off the top spot, a fact that the younger Finn could do nothing to change with his third run. Peetu admitted: “I went big in my final run, but it was hard to beat Ilkka-Eemeli and Iouri today."
Iouri Podlatchikov, who has also been riding strongly throughout the past week (despite his failure to land his slopestyle run cleanly) threw down to shunt Staale Sandbech out of third and claim his place on the podium.
In the women's competition the O'Neill Evolution winner Ursina Haller took the early lead, but her impressive performance was bettered by Paulina Ligocka's second run, leaving Haller in second. Akiko Miwa from Japan claimed the third podium spot.
The weekend's results mean that Peetu extends his lead at the top of the TTR World Tour, while Christian Haller moves into second. Meanwhile Sarka Panchocova's sixth place finish in the pipe and second in the slopestyle means she stays at the top of the women's rankings.