Fly­ing High Above the City

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Edited by David Ball Pho­tos by Jin Jian­hui

On the evening of Novem­ber 24, the 2018 Big Air World Cup came to a close at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Bei­jing. The event at­tracted a total of more than 60 par­tic­i­pants from 23 coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing many of the world's best snow­board­ers.

On the evening of Novem­ber 24, the 2018 Air+style FIS Snow­board Big Air World Cup came to a close at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Bei­jing. The event was the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional win­ter sports com­pe­ti­tion to be held in the cap­i­tal since Bei­jing took over the reins. Com­peti­tors re­ceived an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare for the 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games (Bei­jing 2022), and the event it­self marked a pos­i­tive start to the de­liv­ery of the Bei­jing 2022.

The World Cup Big Air Bei­jing, which was first held in 2010, was up­graded last year to a recog­nised FIS-A of­fi­cial event. This year, the event at­tracted more than 60 par­tic­i­pants from 23 coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing many of the world's best snow­board­ers. The qual­ity of the venue and the pas­sion of the au­di­ence left a deep im­pres­sion on those tak­ing part, and filled them with ex­pec­ta­tion for the Bei­jing 2022.

Bei­jing is cur­rently ap­ply­ing to be­come a per­ma­nent stop on the Air World Cup tour from 2020. As Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tionsarah Lewis said: “Bei­jing is a famous city that suc­cess­fully hosted the 2008 Olympic Games, im­press­ing peo­ple around the world with its open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, venues and ex­cel­lent com­pe­ti­tion. With the Bei­jing 2022 be­ing held here,even more peo­ple will un­doubt­edly come and enjoy win­ter sports.”

2 1. Sven Thor­gren smiles af­ter tak­ing first place 13 2. Com­peti­tors em­brace3. Cel­e­bra­tions on the podium

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