Big White Invitational Slopestyle: The Recap
Bronze Event Recap
Moving backwards from the Gold finals on Sunday, over 3,500 cheering fans watched Nicholi Rogatkin throw a 1080 off of the final jump on the brand new course built over the last 70 days for the Big White Invitational Slopestyle claiming first place and $10,721 Canadian dollars.Torquato Testa of Monza, Italy, landed in second place with BC local Anthony Messere rounding out the podium in third. Event host Tom van Steenbergen earned himself sixth place. It was the biggest single day sporting event in Big White history!
The Gold Qualifiers were postponed on Saturday with athlete safety in mind because of gusting winds, but it gave the athletes more time to practice their best tricks and and put on a show for the spectators.
The underdog story of the weekend goes to David Lieb of Ida, Michigan who flew out to Big White before he had a guaranteed spot in the Bronze level amateur event, which was held on Thursday. Lieb went from being the 2nd alternate to winning the Bronze event and earning himself a wildcard spot to ride with the best athletes in the world in the Gold event where he placed 11th overall!
Once again, thanks to everyone who came out to the first annual Big White Invitational Slopestyle. We can't wait to make it even bigger and better next year!