Video: Red Bull Rampage 2012 - Kurt Sorge's Winning Run

Oct 8, 2012 at 0:01
by Karl Burkat  









164 Comments

  • + 160
 Was anyone else thinking what is up with the music?
  • + 57
 I would have preferred the original audio.
  • + 35
 Is it just my computer or does it say "Kurt Sorge's Winning Run"? That was an interview, not a run! My bad if its my computer though
  • + 11
 There's two videos; the run and an interview. Maybe one isn't loading for you?
  • + 10
 i dunno, those commentators were so annoying! one sounded like he knew what he was talking about, he just couldn't say it right. the other had a weird thing going on for the word 'manhandling'; did he want to use that word any more??
  • + 8
 same here.. the run video doesn't load :_(
  • + 7
 One commentator was Richie Schley, The godfather!
  • + 33
 Gayest music ever. It wasn't a fucking battle sequence
  • + 5
 yeah all I got on the page is the interview.
  • + 5
 Yeah the music really took some of the vibe away , sick run none the less!
  • + 6
 The music made me feel like I was watching a training montage from a bad 80's movie. Amazing run though!
  • + 2
 The whole live coverage soundtrack sounded like a heap of 'cinematic' stock music. It didn't ruin it for me but it could definitely be more interesting and less cheesy.
  • + 2
 ultra fucking fail during the backflip, whoever edited this PURPOSELY made that part blurry...get your act right and do your job!
  • + 3
 think it was partly NBC's fault - they had god-awful announcing and interviews during the live stream yesterday, and kept playing this annoying as fuck 'dramatic' music every time someone did a run.
  • + 1
 Im gonna play my own music then. good thing i read some commits before playing.
  • + 2
 I was thinking "what's with this shitty EVERYTHING?!". Why would they post this glitchy abortion of a clip? Original was heaps better.
  • + 2
 dylanmtb why?
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 Yeh +1.

What the **** is that?
  • + 1
 I have NO idea how the redbull player manages to crash firefox AND my computer's media player as soon as it gets loaded on a page... I bet they tried hard to get this result when they made it.... I have no other explanation for it...
  • + 1
 I wish the music would have been replaced with some rob warner....or at least the original audio
  • + 1
 Why did someone put a link to a armed forces page ?
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  • + 34
 if only cam zink was there..
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 and brendog
  • + 7
 What happened to brendog? I was looking forwar to that mega gap??
  • + 2
 He was there, he got hurt during practice
  • + 3
 Brendog hurt his knee.
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 Even if Zink competed, I doubt he would have won, unless he flipped the canyon gap...which wasn't likely. He likely would have taken the same slow, traversing line Cam McCaul did, and the judges always scored the slower traversing lines lower. They wanted to see more direct, high paced lines down the course. After watching it twice, I've come to the conclusion the judging was consistent if you consider they were looking for fast lines. But I definitely think Tyler should have placed higher for his 1st run.
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 Agreed. I was waiting for someone to flip the canyon, disappointed no-one tried it, has it ever been done? I suppose if you under, or over rotate your in a world of trouble!...still would have been intense to see
  • + 35
 Protour... please just go away.
  • + 15
 SLOW LINE?! You serious? You can hardly call Cam's line slow!!
  • + 6
 Hey, stop hating Protour! all the negative comments, someone has to do it...what would pinkbike be without Protour.... hahahaha sorry haters, its just funny
  • + 6
 Unfortunately, he's right at some point. Seem's like judges waited for something extraordinary, like fliping canyon gap (oh come on, it is possible. At joyride few guys fliped over satellites, like 60ft gap) If someone did that, the rest just doesn't matter.
There's no signature, or you can call it - advert move in this year's contest, but there was good predictions for that, Brendog's gap, Semenuks wall ride, or Zink's whole run. I bet if dialed those runs could score in the 90's. Sadly we haven't seen all, because of injuries
  • + 17
 Flipping the gap? Are you serious? It's not dirt bike jumping it's mountain biking. Clearing a 60ft gap in the middle of a gnarly run is an accomplishment in it's own. You guys are so demanding.
  • + 9
 I think McCaul just didn't feel it good backfliping this canyon. His life have more value than some entertaining actions ! Great exemple for AM riders : Freeriding is "Have fun on your bike", not "Die by trying some ridiculous things".

According to his face, this guy were stoked about his runs !
  • - 9
 potour, just fuck off. all you do is annoy people...
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 LOL I think Probullshit should take a hint !!!!!
  • + 8
 honestly at this point i think Protour is getting neg propped just because it's him. he actually has a legitimate point. the judging did seem inconsistent, although Cam's line wasn't all that slow.
  • + 3
 yeah all you Protour haters need to close it....i appreciate perspectives different from my own, and yours. Protour for president 2012!!!
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  • + 22
 Cam got absolutely hosed. Sorge's run was definitely sick and probably the best but the judging was absolutely garbage. Both mccauls deserved better scores. Kind of ruined rampage in my opinion.
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 The judging has got to be tough, calculating a whole number of factors in to a number within a short period of time. But I agree there was definitely some inconsistency with the scores being given....
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 I agree, judging was terrible. Cam absolutely killed it.
  • + 9
 Oakley sender is ruining Rampage!!! Because if you wanted to win, you had to hit it! There are two biggest obstacles - sender and canyon - Cam chosen canyon and judges put him down because of "slow" upper section... but if he wanted to hit it, he simply had no choice... it's built so f*cking far!!! In this moment, when judges don't appreciate that he wanted to do something different... where is the variety!!! In this moment the sender is simply an obligation!!! And it's WRONG!!! I say BURN THAT SENDER DOWN and give to riders a chance to choose!!!
  • + 1
 I agree. There is more potential of tricking the gap. Nobody did anything off the sender. I saw bender straight huck cliffs just as big and bigger ten years ago. At least throw a no hander off it.
  • + 1
 burn all the wood and hand out more shovels for next time!!!!
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  • + 11
 Every run was simply incredible! However, one that I really enjoyed which nobody seems to talk about was Wil White. I loved his style and hope we'll see a lot more of him in the future.
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 So glad it's not just me that though White was awesome, especially on not-exactly-cutting-edge tech!
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 He doesn't even have any downhill runs near him to practice on yet he played with that mountain like it was no big deal!
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 White killed it on some oldskool lookin ride, one for the future for sure!
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 Wil White suicidedownhiller.pinkbike.com/album/Best-Pics
and edit 'oldskool lookin ride' Karpiel Disco Volante $$$$$ Smile
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 You all know karpiel still makes that bike? It's not an older model.
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 Deserved to win, but Cam deserved 3rd. Bizets run was better than cam's, but not binggellis.
  • + 9
 I wish the music would have been replaced with some rob warner....or at least the original audio
  • - 6
 How did he win with that whip to case?
  • + 4
 What they do is mind blowing, one little case wasn't a major part of an otherwise killer run.
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 He chose by far the best line down the mountain, and pulled some big tricks. He absolutely deserved it.

How can so many people be complaining about the judging, yet nobody is saying Sorge didn't deserve it? If the best run won, the judging wasn't that bad, cause unless you win, most people don't remember who placed 2nd, 3rd, etc...
  • + 16
 Uh-oh, he's back! lol
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 I'll tell you what else he deserved as well as the win. Blackbox parts. There are a lot of guys with them that should be behind him in the pecking order I tell thee.
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 what's that i see before me? a protour comment, bestowed by multiple negative props? it cannot be!
  • + 1
 I didn't get a chance to watch, did the judges watch on screens and have any instant replay up there? Or was it line of site judging?
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  • + 9
 My buddies and I were there,just got back home 9 hour drive, super stocked!. cam zinc over shot and landed on his feet something like 65 feet or better! that was at practice, the guy is not human. a couple of others ate shit at practice pretty bad. I have to admit being on that hill watching these guys was unfucking real!!! big up and up to all these guys. I think the only thing we were like um about was the judging on some of these guys, I mean I'm no judge but I'm not stupid, the crowd was pissed on a few scores but surely you'll never see that footage lol.
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 Good contest but it missed that killer moment of 2010. Can't help thinking Zink would have thrown down something completely new to retain the title. His three from 2010 remains the most progressive move ever seen in the competition. But all in all I'm amazed at how much the standard of riding overall has improved, even Rookies hitting the Oakley sender for fun!
  • + 31
 One guy dropped two 360 in a row off cliffs judges didn't even like it
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 Norbraten I think...
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 and they where both directions as well
  • + 7
 Both Sorge's runs were full of killer moments, but nobody was expecting them, and he wasn't one of the last riders, so the anticipation wasn't there like it was for Zinks run in 2010. Luckily the judges noticed them and that's why he had spectacular scores.
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 protour... youre not a very good troll
  • + 5
 What about that dude who through down 4 backflips in one run!! You saying they were expecting that? Even the one on the part!? Which everyone was blown away with because of the technicality of the top section!
  • + 3
 I don't think Zink'10 is the most impressive run in Rampage. The best trick, hell, YES. But the rest of the run was pretty simple. For me, Gee'10 is the best run ever, from the start to the end. Speedy, smooth and fluid, ending with a perfect stepdown to wallride. Using smartly the brakes and stopping the bike to zero not a single time.

Rampage is not Crankworx. It's "another" thing. I think that this year Sorge understood "that" thing.
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 i really like sorges style and his kind of riding but i cannot understand why they build such a monster gap which only cam took in the finals and in the eyes of the judges its without any value?
did the judges not recognize that the winner of last year had big problems with this monster, as he was not able to ride in finals?
such an event should be a show event and a big show was done by cam definately!
  • + 1
 so true!
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 Do you remember in the past Rampages, Sorge whipping the shit out of that canyon gap, and supermaning it! Just sayin'!
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 Great riders, amazing event.... robbed by the inconsistent judging and way to wide heli shots - 'wow look at that no hander' ....um, nope, couldn't see that, nice view of the mountains tho! lame music and annoying nothing commentary, what happened to Warner or Shut the front door, to throw some humour or passion in? - How do you make the judging better, only thing I can think of is the riders themselves vote and have their say, who knows better than them? - but then I guess even that is open to tactical rigging.....The McCaul's were for me the stars of the flow and the show.
  • + 0
 AHH perfect!
If anyone knows the ski event where the riders judge themselves, throw the name down, but why can't this be like that?
I mean, my other comment would need to proceed this (RBR not being a FRWS stop, but a seperate event), but then if that's true, why can't they pick their own!!!
  • + 1
 Bender was a judge. I think he knows this course very well. He has rode it and he builds it. He practically invented rampage.
  • + 2
 With respect to the man, Bender invented falling off of things with fistfuls of hope that he would ride away.

I'll say it again, he's one of the reasons I left XC behind and started doing "freeride" and other stuff... but still...
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  • + 9
 I still think Bizet should have won. Four backflips does it for me. And tech line choice.
  • + 5
 Not sure, 2nd or 3rd fore me. In my opinion Sorge was the best by doing his job 2 times perfectly.
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 For me i like to see variety in a line not just flips. Saying that it still doesn't take away how sick those flips where, especially the one at the top of his line.
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  • + 5
 Great Run by Sorge but i thought Cam should of been higher up. It seems a shame that every contest hast to be about tricks these days, Rampage was the only one where big lines and drops counted but it seems this year just doing that wasn't enough and you had to have flips in your run as well. It basically means the big mountain guys have little chance of winning in future unless they want to flip. It would be preferable if tricks and lines were rewarded so either type of rider could win.
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  • + 4
 some insane riding, think the judges had been sitting in the Utah sun to long though very inconsistent scoring, def think some Rob warner would have been made it better. gee is one hard fucker, lucky to be alive after that one
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  • + 6
 The first few rider's were scapegots for the judging. How did Kyle Norbton not score higher with 360's mid run? Seems the judges like backflips more?
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 Can't comment on the Judging because nobody knows what its like to be in their position. They are I"m sure professional Freeride judges and look for very particular things. Getting excited as a spectator is different than looking for key points as a judge.

On another note, I found it cool and amusing how they tried to put on the professional appearance and theme for this event. Definitely trying to take freeriding/mountain biking to a new level as a professional sport. But what was funny was how you cannot hide or mask the honesty and down to earthness of these riders. They would come in from their run for the interview, cussing, grabbing their nuts, stoked, depressed, whatever they were feeling was all over their face. They did not come in all calm and thank their sponsors etc, etc like MX riders do. Just a bunch of local boys riding mountain bikes for the love of the sport.

As much as mountain biking could use the mainstream media, attention, and sponsorship. Its great to see the hometown attitude, untainted by money and politics
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 did anyone watch the video on what the judges were looking for? rampage is not a slope contest. its a big mountain style contest. of coarse the guys who are blasting big lines are gonna get more points than those who are trying to trick every lip. granted tricks obviously help.
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  • + 4
 A massive well done Kurt Sorge, just watched that run and you looked so comfortable off them drop offs..Just Pure excellence !!
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  • + 2
 i just wondered how Aggy would have scored if would have entered...his skill level and big mountain know how is on par with Sorge. For once in my life I just wished Matt Hunter would have gave that a shot
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  • + 2
 top 4 should of been kurt Cam Norb and Tyler . not sure what was going on in Chris Lawrence and the other judges heads . anyone else surprised Darren didn't throw his helmet off a 150 foot cliff
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 What everyone fails to realize is that the comp has 4 categories you need to have a high score in all four. Cam, Tyler and Norbs all took lines with low line score. Yes norbs and Cam had a bit of a bump up for the canyon gap and and the Gee quarter line but all 3 took lines that didn't compare to what most of the other riders were doing...add 5 points that they lost in the line category to each one of their scores and see where they place...
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  • + 2
 I think its funny that a Rockstar rider won the Red Bull Rampage. All their promo shots are gonna have their competitors product prominently displayed. Rock on Sorge!!
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  • + 2
 ha rockstar sponsored rider taking down redbull challenge! I wonder if he will have a case of redbull waiting for him at home to switch sides?
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  • + 3
 Seems that this year the judges wanted to see Oakley sender and backflips, if you didnt do that you didn't get any points.
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  • + 0
 and this is the major downfall of judged events. He basically did 2 tricks on the whole run. He went big and road a sick line but I don't see how that absolutely blew everyone away. One trick should not win an event that big.
  • + 1
 He did 3 and they were spread nicely through out the run not just at the bottom to play it safe, he had a streep technical line and he flowed it fast and smooth, he went big om the oakley sender and stomped a burly step down back flip watch his run again....
  • + 1
 I'm not saying he doesn't serve to win. He does. I just don't think he blew everyone away. And it wasn't that smooth. His superman was even pretty shaky... huge but shaky. Dude won it for sure. My problem isn't with Sorge's score. I think he got what he deserves. I think they got the first place run right. Second could be second but I honestly think it's a third place run and Cam should be second with Nord in 4th. Just because someone doesn't do a crazy trick doesn't mean the level of difficulty isn't there. The gap cam did was HUGE and styly.
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  • + 4
 Cam was robbed!
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 his line had no consequence till 2/3 down
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 5th and 7th.... really? How do you get best trick and finish 7th? No wonder he doesn't ride many comps.
  • + 2
 best trick is best trick you could get last and still win best trick
  • + 1
 It wasn't just that... no one above him won best trick... And no one above him hit the huge gap. So he had best trick and the huge cap AND a super flowy fast line. If the only thing judges were looking for was a bunch of tricks then they should have just come out and said that. But they didn't. It's suppose to take in to account, line, style, speed, flow, tricks, gaps, etc. He had it all. I think Sorge deserves the top spot but I think Cam should be 2 or 3. I think the judges locked in on one thing and forgot about the rest. Major major flaw in my opinion. I think you'll see a lot of things change for this event as it's not what it's suppose to be.
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  • + 2
 poor judging for a great event
i thought should of been
1)Sorge
2)McCaul (cam)
3)Norberton!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 3
 I don't understant jury.Norbraten should be high .He was good ride
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  • + 3
 That was insane, but come on man Norbs was on fire!
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  • + 2
 Red Bull have always done everything right.. But apparently when it comes to videos, a potato lags less!
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  • + 2
 is it possible to see the whole comp again? i only saw the final 6 or 7 runs.
  • + 2
 redbull tv. I just watched it again.
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  • + 1
 Well wheres the winning run then? all im getting is a interveiw!................ well done sorge BoYY!

Missed zink this year tho Frown
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 haven't seen any of the other runs, but given past rampage's, i guess i was expecting a little more from the winning run... and it seems everyone else on here was as well.
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  • + 2
 Would love to see some sort of video from the judges explaining how they came to the scores
  • + 2
 They posted a video right on the main page a couple days ago specifically about how their judging the contest!
  • + 4
 I think he means the same thing I want to know, explain why they gave the scores they did, or didn't for some.
  • + 2
 Hard to juge the event. It's very subjective to make a fair top 15 today, so at the moment... I prefers not shiting on the jugement, but one thing is not fair in my opinion : Semenuk's score at first run. I think it secured the FMB title by not giving a single chance to Söderstöm.
  • + 2
 Thanks Josh for the heads up, feel like an idiot because in hindsight its clear that is what Robert meant!
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  • + 1
 Yeah, the judging was pretty bad, but compared to previous years and results, the riders had a rough time making solid runs. Still amazing stuff.
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  • + 1
 took three times of re-freshing the web browser but finally got both vids up.
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  • + 2
 There is NO way that this run was the winner!
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  • + 1
 Sure looked like a winning run to me. Super smooth and making it look easy.
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  • + 1
 The BIG miss-judging was against Kyle Norbraten and Cam McCaul!!! ...i think
  • + 0
 norbs line was a line that semenuk did in 2008, no progression...
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  • + 1
 Idk about anyone else but i don't think that run was amazing..not saying i could have done it but damn.
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  • + 2
 the music.. come on redbull
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  • + 1
 Big Montain riding for the win, love it
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  • + 1
 would have looked way better with a pov cam .........
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  • + 7
 Well, Norbraten's run was no any less hot, couldn't understand the judging
  • + 2
 Все куплено ;D
  • + 1
 Загнивающий капитализм) На что только не пойдешь ради прибыли в 300%
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  • + 1
 Make the Canyon Gap more of a step up!!!
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  • + 1
 He made that look sooooooo easy!! Just a stroll in the park! Smile
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  • + 1
 music = WTF! run = HOLY F****N S**T!!!
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  • + 0
 Bizet won in my eyes and I was there watching it all with my two eyes.
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  • + 0
 where is the winning run?!
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  • + 1
 gnarly winning run!
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  • + 1
 bad red bull tv !!!
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  • + 1
 that was just awesome..
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  • - 1
 I don't get how Sorge's second run scored higher than his first?
  • + 0
 the dialled flip?
  • + 1
 Was indeed sweet, but as an overall run I preferred his first.
  • + 1
 at the end of his first run he didnt do the drop into the quarter, he rolled down a smaller cliff face next to it.
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  • - 3
 There were quite a few better runs than this. Disappointing judging
  • + 1
 were you there?
  • + 0
 Yeah I was there. To the neg props quit being such fanboys
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