Mottolino Open – Qualifier


In just 8 days the 2015 Suzuki Nine Knights Event will kick off in beautiful Livigno, Italy on the Mottolino Fun Mountain.
Previously, there was only one opportunity to grab a wild card to join the world’s best athletes, namely the “Wanna be a Knight” Online Video Qualification. For the first time this year snowboarders and freeskiers had the chance to show their skills at the Mottolino Open Slopestyle Competition and catch a last minute spot.

The day ended up seeing motivated young guns, as well as,  more establisehd names shredding together in the amazing Mottolino Snowpark at absolutely beautiful weather conditions.

In snowboard, discipline for the first time at the Nine Knights, 3 Italian riders were on the podium: Marco Donzelli, Emiliano Lauzi and the Italian Rookie Champ Emil Zulian.  Marco earned his first place with a smooth run which  included a cab 900 and a double cork 1080.

The top spot on the freeskiers podium was claimed by Swiss ripper Alexander Benz (SUI), with some smooth riding and tech tricks including a switch double 900 and a double cork 1260. Rounding out the podium in second place was Andreas Gohl (AUT) and in third Ema Galli (ITA) who will both join the Big Air Contest day on Friday the 10th of April.

Here are the lucky Winners:

Top 3 Snowboard:
1. Marco Donzelli (Wild Card Full Week)
2. Emiliano Lauzi (Wild Card Contest day)
3. Emil Zulian (Wild Card Contest day)

Top 3 Ski:
1. Alex Benz (Wild Card Full Week)
2. Andreas Gohl (Wild Card Contest day)
3. Ema Galli (Wild Card Contest day)

Thx for everyone involved for the good times!