Watch Snowboarding Over Moscow

Voprak.livejournal.comA photo taken in January of the structure being built for the competition.
One of the international snowboarding events, the Snowboard FIS World Cup, will take place in Moscow this year. Fifty snowboarders from 14 countries will show their skills in an event called Big Air, one of the more high-risk freestyle disciplines, which consists of one "big jump." To accommodate for this in the generally flat Russian capital, a huge trampoline has been constructed on Vorobyovy Gory, right across from the main building of Moscow State University. For nearly a month, students watched as the 46-meter structure was taking shape and being covered with artificial snow.

The lookout point on Vorobyovy Gory is one of the highest points in Moscow. The World Cup held the event in the same place last year, when 20,000 spectators attended in the course of the day. Last year was the first year that Russia held major snowboarding and ski events.

Competition for the award, the Crystal Globe, has already narrowed down to two people, Stefan Gimpl from Austria and Janne Korpi from Finland. The World Cup final stage will take place in March in Valmalenco, Italy. However, the margin between the two top contenders is wide enough to determine the winner in Moscow. Russian snowboarders are not competing for top spots.

The event is organized by the Russian Alpine Ski and Snowboard Federation and the Novaya Liga Sports Club. The event will include fireworks and live music. Admission is free.

Fifth Stage of the Snowboard World Cup Tour in Big Air

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Universitetskaya Ploschad, M. Vorobyovy Gory or Universitet

Feb. 9th The event starts at 5:30 p.m.