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Joel Liimatainen, Lucas Hendriks i Laura Zaveska take the top spots during Garmin Winter Sports Festival 2024

Athletes from 14 countries took part in FIS Europa Cup Big Air freeski and snowboard competition held on the 9th and 10th of February 2024 in Białka Tatrzańska, Poland. Top spots went to Joel Liimatainen from Finland (freeski), Lucas Hendriks from the Netherlands and Laura Zaveska from the Czech Republic (snowboard).

 “I am very happy with the win in Białka Tatrzańska. There are two more stops of the FIS Europa Cup ahead of me. I hope I’ll perform as good as here as my goal this year is to win the overall and secure a place in the FIS World Cup.” – said Zaveska, who dominated the women’s snowboard competition with backside 720 indy and frontside 1080 tail. Second was Sam Van Lieshout from Netherland, and third spot went to young Polish representative Susie Maksym who debuted in FIS level competition.

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Another local favorite – Jan Jaromin – lost only 15.33 points to the winner Lucas Hendrix from the Netherlands. This is the best result in the career of the young Pole, who was very happy with Saturday’s performance – “I wanted to land the first trick to have a chance to try the dub 1080 two times. I wasn’t 100% sure about the switch backside 9 with melon grab but in the end, everything went according to plan. I’m most pleased with the double, because in the second attempt I managed to land it perfectly.”

The winner of Friday’s qualis Artiz Lopez Sousa from Spain was third among snowboarders.

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In the freeski competition Joel Liimatainen from Finland make a clear statement by winning both in qualifications and finals. Second was Sorokin from Estonia and third Vincent Veile from Germany.

“I’m really happy, as today in the morning I has some stomachache and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to start. I started with a more difficult trick, a switch double bring back 720, which I haven’t had a chance to do too many times this season. Then I did a bring back double 900. So in the end end everything went according to plan.” – said Liimatainen.

Garmin Winter Sports Festival 2024 is not over yet! On February 16th and 17th Polish Big Air Championships will be held on the same kicker built in Kotelnica Białczańska Ski Resort. And Polish Youth Cup will close the Festival on February 18th.



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