Open Faces 2023 - 1* FWT Qualifier + 2* FWT Junior Alpbachtal - Winning Runs

Three premieres went down in the Open Faces books: Olivia Riedl caused cheers in the snowboard women’s category with two backflips in her competition run and both a double frontflip and a double backflip in men’s categories showed the insane level at this 1* qualifier contest.

Snowboard Men
Sebastian Kepplinger and Philipp Lanjus ensured an Austrian double victory in the category of snowboard men. Kepplinger showed a self-confident run from start to finish and delivered many jumps. Despite a short „butt-check“ after a huge 360 over the first kicker, he followed up with a backflip over the second kicker and secured first place.
Snowboard Women
With a lead of more than 10 points on the second-placed Martina Matula from Slovakia, the Austrian Olivia Riedl was able to repeat her victory from the previous year and amazed the crowd when she showed two backflips in her run. Not only did she ensure a superior victory, but is also the first woman to show a (or rather two) backflip in an Open Faces Freeride competition!
Ski Women
Local hero“ Vicky Candlin was able to claim a home win after her last year’s third place. Candlin did a smooth run with safe cliff drops and good speed until the finish and was rewarded for her clever choice of line.
Ski Men
As freshly crowned Vice World Champion at the Freeride Junior World Championships in Kappl almost 3 weeks ago, the German Tiemo Rolshoven, who lives in Vorarlberg, once again proved his class. He opted for a clever line which earned him a lot of points and presented his „airs“ with safe technique. Garnished with a „720“, he got a top score and took the lead in the field of ski men’s category.

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