ATOMIC athlete Elias Ambühl notched his second win in three events at the Budapest Fridge last Saturday. Once again the swiss freeski star managed to hold off some of the biggest names on the circuit to take the top spot.
After a win at Freestyle.ch and narrowly missing the podium in London, Elias has already had a promising start to the season. His competition campaign had a further boost last weekend at another of the inner city big air competitions in Budapest, with another nail-biting final which eventually saw the ATOMIC athlete crowned champion for the second year running.
The Budapest Fridge was a great opportunity for Elias Ambühl to show off his talent as one of the best riders in the business, and it was one the young Swiss rider did not pass up. All through the qualifying rounds Elias was looking like the man to beat, landing his signature double cork 1440s with apparent ease. His place in the last eight never seemed in doubt, and it was no surprise to see him in the finals. The format here lent itself to an exciting climax, with riders getting marked on two of three runs, meaning consistency was a must. As an extra twist the riders’ two judged runs had to be different tricks. On his first run Elias Ambühl landed a perfect switch double 1080º mute grab that was practically faultless. As long as he could land his double 1440º it was going to be tough for the rest of the field to catch Elias.
It came as a surprise to everyone when Elias seemed on course to land his double 1440º, only to skid out on the landing, thus leaving it all for the last jump. Meanwhile his fellow countryman, Kai Mahler had already managed to land his two tricks, a double cork 1080º mute and a switch double 1080º safety grab. However ATOMIC athlete Elias Ambühl is no stranger to pressure, and with only one chance left to take the title, his composed performance showed why he is the man to beat this season. Elias put it all on the line and went for his double cork 1440º again, only this time he went bigger and better, stomping the trick and riding away, taking with him his second gold medal from three competitions, and his second consecutive victory at this event.