Nick Goepper Wins Red Bull PlayStreets BadGastein
Nick Goepper and recent Bronze medalist at the World Championships in Park City (USA), impressed the judges and 15,000 spectators with his sensational tricks securing his own star on the Wall of Fame.
For the eighth time, the Red Bull PlayStreets lured the worldwide freeskiing elite to SalzburgerLand in Bad Gastein. Right in the town center, 16 athletes from 9 nations showed their skills and put the international audience in awe.
Among the well-known participants were the defending champion Jesper Tjäder (SWE) and Nick Goepper (USA), who recently won the bronze medal in the Slopestyle competition at the World Championships in Park City (USA). From the Austrian point of view, the Salzburgers Lukas Müllauer and Tom Ritsch could be expected.
The now legendary in-city slopestyle course offered the riders the perfect stage for their breathtaking show. The demanding route through and across the streets of Bad Gastein challenged them to their full potential. On the launch pad it was time for the boys to get their momentum, before they got into the "Völkl / Marker Quarter Pipe", on the "Blue-Tomato Cannon Rail", the "Postbox", the "Suzuki Road Gap", the "GoPro Corner ", The" Rail Section "and finally the" Jabra Double Kinked Rail "could show their tricks.
After qualifying in the afternoon, the 16 best went head-to-head duels against each other. The high level continued through the entire competition and could only be crowned by a memorable final. Fueled by almost 15,000 enthusiastic spectators, Nick Goepper (USA) and Jesper Tjäder (SWE) gave her the absolute best as they fought for victory in the final. Challenger Goepper put in a nearly flawless run and 271 points before defending champion Tjäder attacked the counter and grabbed deep into the bag of tricks. Despite full efforts, the first title defense in the history of Red Bull PlayStreets by close to 5 points was not enough. Goepper convinced the 3-member jury with creativity and a smooth running.
Nick Goepper (USA) after the win: "Red Bull PlayStreets is something very special. The best part is just the unique course and the closeness to the fans. You can tell they feverishly with the drivers properly. I'll definitely go back to Bad Gastein. "
The 25-year-old American can join the series of legendary winners and look forward to his own star on the now famous Red Bull PlayStreets Wall of Fame.
Taisei Yamamoto (JPN) beat Lukas Müllauer in the quarter-finals taking 4th place.
I’m really pumped to have taken the “W" at Red Bull Playstreets in Bad Gastein Austria this past week. It had to be one of the most fun events I have done in a while. Not often do you get to do an event in the middle of the city streets with close to 15,000 people watching.
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