The 2019 SBMC champions were crowned in Riksgränsen, Sweden today, when Scandinavias best freeriders gave their all at the legendary north face of Nordalsfjäll.
The top scorer of the second day of riding, and third time Scandinavian Champion, was Hedvig Wessel of Norway, who pulled off an amazing run in Ravinen stomping the biggest airs of the day for her category. Caroline Strömberg, who’s been absolutely sending it down Nordalsfjäll for two days, came in second place, and claimed her fourth career SBMC podium. Ida Sivander, did a great final run, linking together a number of difficult features in high speed with good control, giving her the third place on the podium.
The podium of the men’s ski category gives a bright look into the future of Swedish big mountain freeriding. Max Palm, 16 years of age, made history today being the youngest ever champion in the 28 year history of the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships. His achievement is even more impressive when considering the starting field with the top 100 riders in Scandinavia include names like Reine Barkered, Kristofer Turdell and the Regnér brothers. Albin Holmgren, 17 years of age, is another rider proving that age is only a number. Albins playful style with perfect ski technique and confident back flips awarded him the second place. Edvin Olsson, 19 years, who was in the lead after the first day, came in third place. He claimed his first career SBMC podium thanks to his hard-charging big mountain riding and perfectly stomped airs.
Among the women snowboarders, Julia Örtegren, is the champion after riding convincingly both in the qualifications and the finals. Ylva carlsson came second and Eva Hegnar from Norway, who was in the lead after the first day, was in third place.
Richard Croy is the men’s 2019 Snowboard champion, after an impressive run in the finals. Emil Ekelund, who stomped one of the biggest snowboard airs in the SBMC history, came in second place. Franz Magdics from Austria, came third. He’s been riding convincingly both in the qualifications and the finals with creative line choices and good control.
Leevi Keränen made a great final run awarding him the champion title.stood out among the telemarkers. Sami Ilonen came in second ahead of Erik Nordin, who had four consecutive wins earlier.
Check out the live webcast from swedish national television with studio comments by Kristofer Turdell and Caroline Strömberg: