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20 years of Air & Style

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December 1999, Innsbruck
Winner: Stefan Gimpl

Photograph By Courtesy Air & Style

Trick: Frontside 900 Indy
The Gimpl era began in 1999, when he took his first win with a frontside 900. Although for many spectators (including this writer, who was there watching), David Benedek's innovative switch backside spins were far worthier. Sadly, the event was completely overshadowed by a riot-like crush in the crowd, which resulted in five spectators getting killed.