Sunday, 16 March 2003
The fourth Red Bull City Flight was a tight battle between Finland and Sweden.
The market square of Helsinki changed into a sea of spectators today, as Red Bull City Flight brought over 40 000 friends of snowboarding and new school skiing to see the competitor's awesome performances.
The 28 metres high big jump lifted the competitors high up over the roofs of Helsinki, and the storm of applauses cheered them up to even better performances. A perfect weather secured excellent conditions for the event.
A super tight battle between Finland and Sweden ended with a Finnish victory.
Red Bull City Flight was this year also the first battle between Finland and Sweden in snowboarding and new school skiing. Both countries had a 10-member team participating to the event. The battle of the Helsinki airspace was more than tight, when the competitors from both countries showed their best tricks to the cheering audience.
During the qualifications the audience cheered the Finns more, but as the competition heated up for the finals, so heated the audience and gave fair credit to both Finns and Swedes.
The tight battle continued till the very end, as the winner of the Red Bull City Flight 2003 and the first battle between Finland and Sweden in snowboarding and new school skiing was clear only after the final jump of the evening. The masters of Helsinki airspace turned out to be the Finns with only a 0,4 point difference to the Swedish team.
The number of spectators exceeded yet again the expectations. The great number of spectators at this year's Red Bull City Flight confirmed that the interest for snowboarding and new school skiing continues to rise in Finland. Red Bull City Flight has brought the sports near to the crowds for four years in Helsinki already.
The first event four years ago had around 4000 spectators, and the numbers have grown tenfold to 40 000 spectators this year.
Red Bull City Flight 2003 results:
Finland 405,4 pts
Snowboard: Tomi Savela, FIN (backside 900 melon)
Skis: Jon Olsson, SWE (corked 900)