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GERMANY AND SWITERZELAND TAKE HOME GOLD IN MEN AND WOMEN’S FREESKI BIG AIR FINAL AT GORE MOUNTAIN

NORTH CREEK, N.Y. – Jakob Theodor Geßner (M) of Germany and Yuna Koga (W) of Japan took home gold in today’s Freeski Big Air Finals at Gore Mountain during the Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games, taking home gold for their country.

Athletes earn an “overall impression” score based on the difficulty, execution, amplitude, and landing of their tricks. Their final score is a combination of their best two of three.

“The difference from slopestyle is you have two jumps that really count, so you can focus on that. I love doing two nice tricks and landing them,” said Geßner, who finished with a combine top score of 182.50. “All the vibes are here with the crowd being here at the bottom. It definitely motivated me today.

“I am very happy to have two medals. I got this medal because of the support from the people of Japan,” said Koga, who finished first with a combined score of 172.75.

Paul Vieuxtemps from Thailand took home the silver in the Men’s competition, with a combined score of 172.25. Vojtech Bresky of the Czech Republic took home bronze with a final combined score of 158.00.

I am feeling good,” said Vieuxtemps. “The second medal, after I did third place the other day in slopestyle. I’m happy.”

“Obviously I wanted first, but I am happy,” said Bresky. “It’s amazing, really amazing. I am speechless.”

Due to unknown reasons, Rai Kasamura, yesterday’s top qualifier and the gold medal winner for Freeski Slopestyle, could not compete.

In the women’s competition Michelle Rageth of Switzerland took home the silver with a combined score of 169.25, while Viivi Paljärvi of Finland took home the bronze with a combined score of 160.25.

“I wanted to do two different tricks,” said Rageth. “Because the snow is slower now, I had to change my tricks, so I did both my tricks forward so I could take more speed.”

“I was happy I landed my first two runs, said Paljärvi. “Sadly the speed was slower and slower, and I didn’t get enough speed [for her third run].”

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games is an 11-day competition and educational festival that features 1,443 collegiate-athletes, ages 17-25, from 595 universities across 43 countries. The competition consists of 12 winter sports and 86 medal events contested throughout northern New York, including Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Wilmington, North Creek, Canton and Potsdam.

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