Oakley Takes 1,2,3 at ICER Air
From Fillmore Street the first year to AT&T Park last year, the Esurance ICER Air 2007 Big Air emerged out of center field once again. But unlike last year’s circus-like jump, the ICER crew worked out the kinks, received insight from Big Air jump expert Jon Olsson (Oakley), and constructed a massive, well-built kicker for 2007. And the 28 invited skiers and snowboarders (14 for each sport) did not disappoint the unofficial crowd of 25,000 people.
On Saturday afternoon, 14 skiers had two chances to advance to the seven-man night Finals, a difficult task in itself with a stacked roster of athletes. The enormous stadium-style jump, constructed out of scaffolding, had a steep, rutted-out in-run courtesy of melting snow with a relatively smooth transition before skiers launched themselves down onto a small landing zone. On Jon’s second attempt, he stomped his signature Kangaroo, putting him in first place heading into the last run, where it seemed only Oakley teammates Sammy Carlson and Simon Dumont could unseat him. Sammy landed a switch mute 1080 and a third place finish.
With a score of 95 on his second-hit Kangaroo, Jon elected not to try it again and spun instead, where he washed on the landing. Way high up atop the in-run, Dumont, sitting in second with a 91, knew he needed to score above a 95 to beat out Jon. As the crowd cheered in excitement, Dumont threw his switch, cork high-mute 1080 but sketched out on the landing. His loss was Jon’s gain as the ICER Air 2007 title went to a smiling Olsson.