Freestyle skiing star Burke Rudd, 23, finished seventh in the US World Cup on Sunday night.
American Alex Hall (25) won, ahead of his compatriot Colby Stevenson.
– Here is Burke Ruud, says Viaplay commentator Jonas Greif after the second “round” of the Norwegian – but at the same time he says that Ruud is “safe” in the last jump.
Norwegian Viaplay commentators thought the referees were “violently strict” towards Ruud.
– I think Burke was punished severely, says Anders Bakke.
Two weeks ago, Burke Rudd won the World Cup in LAX, and last Saturday he captured gold at the X Games in the downhill race in Aspen. The racing continued on Saturday with the World Cup at Mammoth Mountain.
It was windy in the California mountains, and the competition had to be paused before the final six racers could finish the day.
Rudd was third best in qualifying and had a scintillating first “round” until he fell and lost one ski on the landing after the final jump.
That meant he pushed himself before “running” number two.
There were four Norwegians in the US final on Saturday night. Namsosingen Sebastian Schjerve (23) had a strong first round and was fourth best on the team. In the end it was good enough for eighth place.
World Junior Champion Ulrik Samnøy had a good first round, but fell on the final jump on “run” number two. It was number 12. Tormod Frostad broke his shoe on the first attempt and eventually finished number 11.
This was the third of a total of five World Cup contests this winter.
Note: Mathilde Grimaud from Switzerland won the women's category. Sandra E. did not start.
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