PREMIER WINNER AT RED BULL PLAYSTREETS 2019
“Red Bull PlayStreets 2019” | February 15, 2019 – Bad Gastein
For the eighth time, Gastein celebrated the Freeski Party of the Year with Red Bull PlayStreets. Fueled by the great atmosphere that prevailed in the historic winter sports resort in the middle of the SalzburgerLand, 16 of the world’s best riders came to their best. Nick Goepper (USA), Bronze medalist at the World Championships in Park City (USA), impressed the judges and almost 15,000 spectators with his sensational tricks the most and thus secured his own star on the Wall of Fame. On Red Bull TV fans from all over the world watched the thrilling head-to-head duels live.
For the eighth time, 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 ecstasy. 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 from 19 clock in head-to-head duels against each other. The high level dragged through the entire competition and could only be crowned by a memorable finale. Fueled by the jubilation of 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.
Unfortunately, the Austrian Lukas Müllauer was unable to build on his third place finish last time and was beaten by Taisei Yamamoto (JPN) in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, Müllauer was again best Austrian: “It would have been nice to get ahead, but it’s ok. The course is extremely demanding and forgives no mistakes, as I have seen. What really pushes are the fans, who are all the way down only 5 meters from one. There is nowhere else. ”
From the Austrian point of view, all five starters made the jump from qualifying to the final. There Dennis Ranalter, Sam Baumgartner and Tom Ritsch had already beaten in the second round. Lukas Müllauer and Johannes Rohrmoser failed only in the quarterfinals at the international competition.