In the craziest winter season ever, in which the Black Yeti has been difficult to manage every single event, the 2021 World Rookie Freeski Finals, after several date and location changes, went down as an incredible success in Hintertux, Austria.
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Athletes from eleven different nations came to Hintertux, underlining the international stance of this iconic youth event and enjoying an international slopestyle competition and several side activities thanks to a strict Covid-19 protocol which ensured the safety of all participants.
It was a close race, where the male rookie James Kanzler (USA) claimed the victory and the World Rookie Champion Title with a left double cork 10 safety grab, right double cork 12 mute grab, switch right bio 9 rail grab, on the jump, finished with a right 270 pretzel 270 on the last obstacle. Axel Burmansson from Sweden and Ralph Konnor from the USA completed the male rookie podium.
14 years old Muriel Mohr, one of Germany’s great hopes for the future and one of the younger in the comp, dominated the Girls category in which rookies and groms competed altogether. She stomped a switch left 540 safety grab, right 720 safety grab to left cork 720 blunt grab, Front 270 out on the last rail. Jenna Riccomini from the USA was second and Jade Michaudfrom France third.