Sam Pilgrim wins Leogang White Style

British dirt jumper victorious in Austria

British dirt jumper Sam Pilgrim won the White Style event in Leogang, Austria on Friday night, in a competition that was dominated by Europe’s best top riders.

Sweden’s Linus Sjöholm took second place ahead of Frenchman Yannick Granieri on the course built from snow and designed by Grant ‘Chopper’ Fielder. UK rider Sam Reynolds finished in eighth place, ahead of fellow Brit Fielder in ninth. 

The course started with an igloo, then a set of two doubles, two massive bowls with a 15ft drop and a final 40ft double. More than 2,000 spectators watched the ice-cold action.

Pilgrim blazed the finals with a tailwhip at the start, frontflip at the first double, backflip no hander at the second, 360 X-up out of the fruit bowl, tuck no-hander and backflip at the second bowl, and a backflip table at the last jump.

He said: “Crashing on snow isn't that funny, because it’s much harder than you might think. It took me a bit to cope with it when I competed the first time at the White Style, but man, it was fun this year and Chopper did a really great job. Big respect!” 

Results

  1. Sam Pilgrim  (GBr)
  2. Linus Sjöholm (Swe)
  3. Yannick Granieri (Fra)
  4. Amir Kabbani (Ger)
  5. Darren Berrecloth (Can)
  6. Cameron McCaul (USA)
  7. Jamie Goldman (USA)
  8. Sam Reynolds (GBr)
  9. Grant Fielder (GBr)
  10. Niki Leitner (Aut)
  11. Martin Söderström (Swe)
  12. Jakub Vencl (Cze) 

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