Total Fight goes down for the 15th time

Michael Schaerer and Julia Marino take home gold from Grandvalira Total Fight

Above: Julia Marino sliding into victory

Last weekend the 15th edition of the Freestyle competition Grandvalira Total Fight took place in Snowpark El Tarter, Andorra. This year they had the pleasure to introduce two new gold medallists to the podium, American Julia Marino and Swiss Michael Schaerer.

Miss Marino’s already made quite the name for herself after taking home two medals from X Games 2017 at the age of only 19 – gold in Slopestyle and bronze in Big Air. Quite a boss move considering this lady was entering the competition as a rookie and became the first female snowboarder to win two medals at the same Games in 17 years.

“The pleasure to introduce two new gold medallists to the podium, American Julia Marino and Swiss Michael Schaerer”

Last year’s winner, Yuka Fujimori, went on to the finals from the qualifiers with a shared best score with Judd Henkes. After a very exciting start to the day, Fujimori couldn’t beat Marinos winning score, and so Marino became the one to take home gold this year . With a Lipslide 270, 50/50 / FS 360 and Lipslide in the jibbing zones as well as a BS 720 melon, followed by an FS 540 and a 540 underflip in the kicker area, Marino had secured her place on the podium. The reigning champ Fujimori wasn’t too far behind and got second place with only 2.66 points less than Marino.

Yuka Fujimori
Women's Podium

“It has been a very fun competition, for me it is one of the best events I’ve been to. In super fun spring conditions, I had a great time and at the same time it has been a great challenge since the first trainings; but, step by step, I was gaining confidence until today. I want to thank the organization for the good work they have done in the slopestyle circuit”, said Julia Marino after her win.

There wasn’t any less excitement on the men’s side, with all eyes on last year’s champ, Mark McMorris. Sadly, McMorris had some trouble with overcoming the jibbing zone on his first and third laps, so this reigning champ wasn’t able to hold onto his gold. Michael Schaerer took the win after achieving the best victory of his career on his third lap – Cab 270 BS lipslide switch boardslide underflip 450 tuck knee and a FS 270/450 in the jibbing area, followed by a BS 1260 mute, switch BS 1260 mute and FS 1080 nose in jumps.

“Michael Schaerer took the win after achieving the best victory of his career on his third lap”

“It was unexpected, I did not think it would happen, I still do not believe it. It is the best result of my sports career, I was injured a while ago and I could not compete much. After my first and second attempts it was difficult to reach the podium but the third and final round was a huge surprise, the best thing that ever happened to me. This slopestyle circuit is amazing, the jumps were super well done, the rails area was very smooth, everything went great”, Mr Schaerer after taking home gold at Grandvalira Total Fight.

Michael Schaerer
Mark McMorris
Men's Podium

Final Results 2019

1. Julia Marino, USA, 76.66
2. Yuka Fujimori, JPN, 74.00
3. Brooke Voigt, CAN, 70.33
4. Cheryl Maas, NED, 64.00

1. Michael Schaerer, SUI, 86.66
2. Mark McMorris, CAN, 84.33
3. Bendik Gjerdalen, NOR, 79.00
4. Lyon Farrell, USA, 73.33
5. Luke Winkelmann, USA, 70.66
6. Judd Henkes, USA, 56.00
7. Kaito Hamada, JPN, 42.66
8. Kalle Järvilehto, FIN, 35.00


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