Extreme sports – the girls who blew our minds at the 2018 Audi Nines competition
Last weekend saw the Extreme Sporting Audi Nines competition take place in Sölden, Austria.
In its tenth year, the event brought together the best athletes from Ski Cross and Snowboard to show off their skills and push new boundaries.
The Tiefenbach Glacier track and jumps were designed by a selected group of top athletes at the Audi Experience Centre and set out to push the riders’ technicality, speed, tricks, and creativity to the limits.
‘I’ve been involved with building the course from the beginning but to see it in person and ride it was incredible – this is definitely one of the most ground-breaking events out there!’
Double Olympic Gold medalist and multipleX Games champion, Mr David Wise
The competition drew in more than 3,000 spectators for a gasp-inducing performance. A male-dominated sports category, the Audi Nines female athletes proved to be an unbelievable force to be reckoned with, demonstrating extreme speed and stunts throughout the event.
Olympic Slopestyle Gold medallist Sarah Höefflin (SUI) dominated the female skiers’ competition sticking a Switch left side Double Cork 900 Safety and Switch Double Cork 1080 Mute.
‘It has been the most fun week of the season. I have been wanting to come to this event for a few years now, so I was very excited to come here and hope to come back in the future.’
– Sarah Höefflin
Second place went to Jennie-Lee Burmansson (SWE), while Darian Stevens (USA) took third.
For the snowboard women, 2017 Aspen X Games winner Hailey Langland (USA) earned the win with a Cab 720 Nosegrab and one of the biggest Cab 1080s ever performed by a snowboarder.
‘I don’t care if you’ve got a penis or you haven’t. That was sick.’
– Audi Nines commentator
During the event we caught up with one of Switzerland’s Olympic ski champions Giulia Tanno. Just 19-years old, the freestyle snow Queen is renowned for combining technical skills with stylish riding, creating a new prototype of women’s slopestyle skier.
Reigning Swiss Big Air champion and holding her own as part of the talented Swiss Freeski team, ‘It’s so good to be here, it’s crazy when I think I am friends with and competing against some of my childhood idols.’
FF: What’s going through your head before you leave the top of the mountain?
GT: Sometimes I get really nervous but I just blend it out, as soon as I drop in my head is completely focused on what I have to do.
FF: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
GT: Don’t think too much, just live in the moment, because you never know what’s around the corner. Do it your way.
‘With the right competitive events such as the Audi Nines, female athletes are given the platform and incentive to push their riding to the next level.
With increased exposure of women’s action sports in the media other girls and women are able to see what’s possible and that it is possible!’
– Hannah Bailey, Women’s Actions Sports Photographer, @neonstash