Eiki Helgason, the token Euro in this year’s competition, has been drawn against another Real Snow rookie, Jaeger Bailey. Both are known for their creative flair
so this will be interesting.
Here’s Eiki’s 60-second offering to the X Games gods (aka the judges)…
Versus this from Jaeger Bailey.
As much as we love Jaeger’s original take on tricks (that opener is pretty entertainingly odd!) we have to say Eiki’s is just a better part all-round here. More technically accomplished (check the front 180 to switch nosepress followed by the back three on at 0.23) and boasts better spots. We’d give it to Eiki, whether the (largely American) public will agree with us remains to be seen.
If we’e right and it comes down to an Eiki vs. Brisse semi-final though, we reckon Brisse will probably win the vote. And then Brisse vs. Louif in a popularity contest for the “fans favourite?” That’d be a tough one to call but we’d give it to Louif… just.
As for who the judges will award their medals to? Having watched all of these we’re calling Brisse then Louif (in that order) with a surprise bronze for Dylan Thompson. Of course, we’re probably completely wrong though.
But we’ve said it now, so you can check back here as the competition continues and see just how wrong we were. Oh, and if you want to alter the “fan favourite” outcome yourself, head on over to the ESPN website and get voting!