Originally Published: March 6, 2011

European Freeski Open in Laax

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Stadler/LAAXElias Ambühl won the Slopestyle finals this weekend in Laax.

Just over a week before the European X Games start in France, some of the world's best freeskiers gathered in Laax, Switzerland, for the European Freeski Open, which took place this week.

On the seven-feature Slopestyle course, Elias Ambühl from Switzerland and Emma Dahlstrom from Sweden took first for the men and women in Friday's finals. Roy Kittler and Oscar Scherlin took second and third in the men's Slopestyle, while Maria Bagge and Katie Summerhayes filled out the women's podium.

Stadler/LAAXDefending Superpipe champion Virginie Faivre did it again.

In Ambühl's first run, he did a left double 1080 mute, right 900 reverse mute and a switch 1260 mute double grab. "Fortunately, I had a great first run, because in the second I fell at the last jump," Ambühl, 18, said. "I'm very glad to be at the top at such a great event."

Swedish riders dominated the women's finals. "This is the biggest success in my career so far, I couldn't be happier," said 18-year-old Dahlstrom, whose win marks her first-ever international victory.

In Saturday's Superpipe finals, American David Wise and defending champ Virginie Faivre from Switzerland topped the men's and women's podiums. Matt Margetts and Byron Wells took second and third in the men's Superpipe field. In the women's field, Anais Caradeux came in a close second, followed by Katrien Aerts in third.

"I gave it my all in my second run and I am happy that it worked out so well," said Wise, 20. "The conditions today were so great, so I could show all my big tricks."

"It's so great to compete here today in a perfectly shaped pipe and perfect weather conditions," said Faivre, whose win marks her fifth victory in a row in Laax. "To win again makes me super happy."

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