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|Awaiting scores at this weekend's King of Style big air in Sweden.|
With much of Europe still facing a slow start to winter it was Stockholm, Sweden's turn to host the final city big air event -- King of Style -- before the skiers move onto real snow in the coming months. True to form, it was Switzerland's Elias Ambühl who took the title after a dominating run of victories that has seen him win three of the last four competitions.
Confusion ran high across the stadium to find out the other podium positions as a technical glitch in the TV sent out the wrong scores during the skiers' final runs. It was not until the podium was actually announced that America's Bobby Brown took second place with England's James Woods placed third.
Due to a flight delay the previous day, Ambühl had missed the training session, making it even more impressive as his dub 12 reverse tail followed by switch dub 10 mute to Japan landed him a score of 541 and the title King Of Style. "I'm going to go home now and start preparing for the season," Ambühl said after winning. "This has been a great way to get it started but I'm really looking forward to what's next."
Bobby Brown was probably on his way home when he heard his name being called out for second place. After his final run the scoreboard showed him as being in sixth place. But his dub 10 reverse tail and switch dub 12 mute rightly brought a score of 520 for second place. "I'm so stoked how it worked out," Brown said. "I came over from Breckenridge only yesterday and I'm back there tomorrow. The park is already taking shape so I'm looking forward to getting back and start training for Dew Tour and X Games."
James Woods accepted his award for third as you could see him mouthing in confusion, "But I came fourth?" All concerns were put to rest when it was confirmed that his switch dub 10 truckdriver and dub 12 nose to mute were enough to score 516 points and third place. "I really thought I got fourth," Woods said. "It's so brilliant being on the podium after a few bad results where I felt like I'd let people down. To bring it back with this is really great."
Jon Olsson took a break from his ski racing career to return to a freeskiing contest, his first in some time. "I'm so stoked to jump again," Olsson wrote on his blog. He placed seventh in the final standings.