Stevenson Second at Total Fight
U.S. Freeski Pro Team member Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah) earned second-place in his last slopestyle competition of the season at Total Fight Masters at the El Tarter Snowpark in Grandvalira, Andorra, Saturday.
“With a super windy qualifier and 30cm of snow the night before finals, the weather wasn’t ideal," said Stevenson. “But, then the sun came out unexpectedly and turned out to be a great competition. I changed my run-up last second and had to tone it down from what I had planned. I focussed on stepping up my rails and landing clean jumps and found myself on the podium.”
Following the last FIS Freeski World Cup slopestyle of the season in Silvaplana, Switzerland, where Stevenson also earned second, he almost boarded a flight back home but decided to stay for the 15th edition of the Total Fight Masters.
“The best part of the whole experience was that I actually was in the taxi on my way to the airport to fly back to the U.S., when I had the crazy idea to change my plans and stay for Total Fight. I’m really glad I went with my gut feeling," Stevenson said.
Stevenson finished the season strong with two back-to-back podium finishes in what was a challenging year of competition. Unfortunately, Stevenson struggled throughout the winter in the final rounds at multiple events to break into podium contention. However, two podiums in his last two events prove that Stevenson's creative and technical approach to the slopestyle course always makes him a threat come competition time.
Fabian Boesch of Switzerland won the event and Javi lliso of Spain closed out the podium in third-place.
Men’s freeski slopestyle
1. Fabian Boesch (Switzerland)
2. Colby Stevenson (Park City, Utah)
3. Javi Lliso (Spain)