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Hall Chases Crystal Globe at Final Big Air World Cup

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 25 2020
Alex Hall
Alex Hall skiing his way to victory at the 2019 Visa Big Air presented by Land Rover. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Visa Big Air Champion Alex Hall looks to continue his impressive season Feb. 28-29 in Destne, Czech Republic, at the final FIS World Cup big air of the season. 

Alex is currently ranked second in the FIS World Cup standings, and even with the big air Crystal Globe within arms reach, Alex plans to keep his focus on what’s worked so well in competition over the past two seasons. 

“I’m hyped to head to the Czech Republic,” said Alex. “I’ve heard events are really fun there so it should be a good show. I’m trying not to think about the globe too much, but rather just focus on my skiing and have fun.”

Although Alex has collected podiums at freeskiing’s most prestigious events including two top-three finishes at the 2020 Dew Tour, he has yet to take home a FIS overall title in slopestyle or big air. This season, Alex’s wins at both the Modena, Italy, and the Atlanta, Ga. World Cups have him poised to make a strong run at the top spot, but he will have to fend off the likes of freeski triple-threat Birk Ruud of Norway, and Teale Harle of Canada who are currently first and third respectively. 

Alex will be joined by teammate and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper. Nick recently found his groove in Calgary, Alberta, Canada claiming third-place at the Snow Rodeo slopestyle World Cup. Nick is looking forward to continuing his upswing. 

“I can’t wait to get to the Czech Republic,” said Nick. “There is some cool and interesting history there as well as great people. My goal is to keep my season trending upwards.”

American, and Park City local, Peter Raich will also compete. 

While this will be the resort’s first turn as a World Cup host, Destne has hosted a myriad of big air and slopestyle competitions from other tours in recent years. This is the eighth edition of Soldiers in Deštné v Orlických horách, but is the first time the event is FIS World Cup sanctioned. Don’t miss and Nick, Alex, and Peter take on the biggest jump on the whole World Cup tour.

Subject to change
All times EST
*Same-day delayed broadcast
** Next-day broadcast

Saturday, Feb. 29
2:00 p.m. - Men’s big air, Destne, CZE - Olympic Channel,, NBC Sports Gold