Team Americas wins the 2014 Swatch Skiers Cup trophy.

Team Americas gets the Swatch Skiers Cup Trophy in 2014. Not the first time, probably not the last. But the trophy may have stayed in both teams’ homes, this year leaves us hanging with the cancellation of the Big Mountain course. But let’s not undermine this victory and congratulate Team Americas for their great performance.

 

Fabio Studer (AUT) Photo : ©Swatch Skiers Cup/Jeremy Bernard
Fabio Studer (AUT)
Photo:©Swatch Skiers Cup/Jeremy Bernard

 

Zermatt, Switzerland, the 9th of January 2014. Team Americas is officially declared winner of this 2014 de la Swatch Skiers Cup and time to party has come. Both teams mutually congratulate themselves for their performances, the bibs are put away and all that is left is a bunch of freeskiers who like and respect each other, and who are getting ready to celebrate the end of the competition and the victory of some of them.

 

Both teams in front of the famous Matterhorn Photo : ©Swatch Skiers Cup/Dom Daher
Both teams in front of the famous Matterhorn
Photo:©Swatch Skiers Cup/Dom Daher

 

Of course, some may regret that this victory had to be declared given the sole results of the Backcountry Slopestyle course. Indeed, after some uncertainty and a first postponement of the Big Mountain course for safety reasons, the organizers had decided to start the competition with the Backcountry Slopestyle, on a course shaped by Arnaud Kugener, famous French freeskier, and his teammates.

 

Then, snow and weather conditions proving to be way too hazardous on this Thursday, 9th of January, day the Big Mountain battle was supposed to take place, the organizers preferred to call if off and consider the Backcountry Slopetstyle results as the overall results of the competition. Team Americas 1 – Team Europe 0. There you go.

 

Tim Durtschi (USA) Photo : ©Swatch Skiers Cup/Jeremy Bernard
Tim Durtschi (USA)
Photo:©Swatch Skiers Cup/Jeremy Bernard

 

Sverre Liliequist (SWE)co-founder of the event and rider of the Team Europe, explained: “Everyone here is such a strong skier, and both teams have a lot of fun together on and off the snow. But they’re also really intense competitors who are serious about winning their runs. That’s why it was important to call it off – these guys aren’t going to hold anything back even if conditions aren’t perfect“.  Which didn’t stop Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA), Seth Morrison (USA) or Kevin Guri (FRA) from skiing the face elected for the competition and showing off their talent to give the public some of the sensations they had come to get watching the cancelled competition.

 

No regrets, then, because at the end of the day, the most important was that everyone would get back safe and sound. And thanks to the unconditional support of Swatch, the unquestionable interest of both the public and the riders, as well as a spotless organization, we already know that the event will be back in Zermatt for another great edition in 2015. With, let’s hope, a good winter season and excellent conditions.

 

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