The Game Show Announced

The Toyota One Hit Wonder Big Air is set to introduce a new format of big air competition to the AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) World Tour at Thredbo Alpine Resort from September 9th-13th 2014.

 

Now in its sixth rendition, the Southern Hemisphere’s only gold ranked big air is announcing a new “game show” set of rounds in the wake of the Winter Olympics earlier in the year... “Anticipating that skiers are probably not that keen to get too serious too soon after the fanfare of Sochi, we sat around dranking some cheap scotch and decided that big airs needed a gambling element.” mused event director Tim Myers.

 

Presented with 5 rounds (4 qualifying and 1 final), the winning skier after each round will be tempted with cash to walk away from the competition then and there, taking a chunk of the overall $10k purse, or invited to double or nothing his winnings into the next round and eventually reach the finals where it’s “winner takes all” (or at least what’s left of the prize pot).

 

Everyone will receive AFP ranking points towards their overall World Tour standings regardless of whether they choose to exit in an earlier qualifying round or continue until the finals.  The first athlete to exit in an earlier qualifying round will receive last place in the comp and the associated AFP Ranking points.  The second athlete to exit in an earlier qualifying round will receive second-to-last place and receive associated points, etc.  If no athlete exits early, and the Final round contains all athletes, then points will be awarded based on results of the Final round

 

The rounds will be bound and structured as follows:

ROUND 1No Spinning. (Allowed tricks include single front/back flips and straight airs/zero spins). One jump allowed per athlete. Best judged trick is worth $500 from the total purse (now worth $9500), but if you take the money, you sit out the rest of the competition as a spectator and you are given the last place worth of points. Or you can choose to double or nothing into the next round;

ROUND 2360s vs 540s. (Allowed tricks include any variation of a 360 or 540 degree rotation). One jump allowed per athlete. Best judged trick is worth $1000 from the total purse (now potentially worth a minimum of $8500), but if you take the money, you sit out the rest of the competition as a spectator and you are given the second-last place worth of points. Or you can choose to double or nothing into the next round;

ROUND 3900 vs 1080s. (Allowed tricks include any variation of a 900 or 1080 degree rotation as well as double cork 9s and 10s). One jump allowed per athlete. Best judged trick is worth $2000 from the total purse (now potentially worth a minimum of $6500), but if you take the money, you sit out the rest of the competition as a spectator and you are given the third-last place worth of points. Or you can choose to double or nothing into the next round;

ROUND 4Twice Round. (Allowed tricks include any variation of a 720 degree rotation as well as double flips or double corks). One jump allowed per athlete. Best judged trick is worth $4000 from the total purse (now potentially worth a minimum of $2500), but if you take the money, you sit out the rest of the competition as a spectator and you are given the forth-last place worth of points. Or you can choose to double or nothing into the final round;

THE FINALAnything goes. 2 jumps allowed per skier. Best judged trick counts. Winner takes all (or what is left of the prize purse). If every winner of the previous round has (greedily) chosen to steal the cash from the final pot and walk away, then potentially only a measly $2500 remains for the overall winner. But if everyone decided to forego the instant cash in order to remain in the competition, then all $10,000 remains the rightful property of the 2014 Toyota One Hit Wonder Big Air champion.

 

“So you can see how we’ve taken an elite competition and turned it into a melting pot of death stares, peer pressure and mind games among the world’s best big air athletes. It should make for some great spectating...” added Myers.

 

With the line-up already including the likes of international Salomon team athletes James ‘Woodsy’ Woods along with the Kiwi brotherhood of Beau, Byron and Jossi Wells, and Swiss contingent Elias Ambuhl & Jonas Hunziker joining local siblings Jordan and Jesse Houghton, wanting competitors are invited to register at http://onehitwonderevent.com/on-the-mountain/toyota-one-hit-wonder-big-air/ for the limit remaining spots.

 

Keep an eye on the apres action throughout the week which is set to feature The Aston Shuffle, Miami Horror, Alison Wonderland, Panama, Kinburn and more around Thredbo Alpine Village.


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