Andri Ragettli wins Gold in Aspen

<strong>Andri Ragettli gewinnt Gold in Aspen<strong>

The U.S. was well represented on the men’s freeski slopestyle final podium at the world championships Saturday, but it was Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli who delivered late for a long sought-after gold medal at Buttermilk Ski Area in Aspen.

Ragettli improved upon a strong second run by scoring 90.65 on his third and final run in windy conditions ahead of an approaching winter storm to take the win. The 22-year-old missed the 2019 world champs due to injury and finished sixth in the 2017 contest, the only other time he had competed in the biennial event.

“I knew I could improve the second rail a lot, so that was my plan for my last run and landed perfect and took the win,” said Ragettli, who also won ski big air gold at X Games Aspen in January. “This is a big day for me. It was a goal for me. Last world championships I was injured. I missed it, so it feels good to be back.”