With a double flip linked straight into a cork 7, Torquato Testa's qualifier run had him in 1st place. Unfortunately fog rolled in and forced the cancellation of the event.
The official press release is here
, but we've seen some conflicting reports
about the top 4 riders choosing not to drop in, and potentially not being awarded prizes.
Update 1: Sunday, January 28
Keeping in mind that this is just one side of the story, Torquato got back to us with his description of how things unfolded."The contest was a battle and the last 4 riders that got to the semi finals (me, Simon Pages, Antonin Honore, and Frank Paulin) weren’t paid, while from 5 to 8 place got their money.
When the semifinals where starting a really thick fog just came down. We couldn’t see the first jump, so we said that we couldn’t ride with those bad conditions! After 15-20 min waiting they just said to us that the contest was off and we thought that the kept the results of quarterfinals. But, when we were walking down the course the organizer of the event (a guy from Leogang) just came to us screaming “if you don’t ride I will cancel the event and no one will get his prize money and FMB points.”
So we start arguing with this guy for 30 minutes while the fog was getting a bit better, but we where still waiting 40 minutes in the cold. So we just decided to go up and just finish the contest for this guy that was forcing us to ride. We did 4 identical run, without big tricks, just because we weren’t feeling it anymore. The judges gave us different points for the runs, but when we came down the organizer just said to us the the contest was cancelled."
– Torquato Testa
Torquato also posted a video of the confrontation
on his Facebook page.
We're waiting to hear back from the organizers and the FMBA, and will update this story once we have more information. In the meantime we're not jumping to conclusions, but it's a bummer to see the year start off on this note.
Update 2: Monday, January 29
We've just had the official word from the FMBA.
"We are aware of the events that transpired during the FMB Silver Event last weekend. We have started an investigation to assess exactly what happened during and at the end of the contest and will keep you updated." – Oliver Junggeburth, FMBA Press Officer
Update 3: Wednesday, January 7
We've just had a further update from the FMBA.
"After reviewing all information provided by the riders, the event officials and the event host, the FMBA Disciplinary Committee has come to the following decision regarding White Style 2018:
The Top 8 athletes will be awarded prize money and FMBA points based on the scores from the quarterfinal round. Due to the behaviour expressed by both an athlete and a representative of the event host on the day of the event, the FMBA decided on further disciplinary consequences, which will not be disclosed out of respect toward each party. Such behaviour is not acceptable and reflects badly on the sport, the riders, the event host and the FMBA. We expect both event hosts and athletes to treat each other respectfully at FMBA sanctioned events and will not tolerate unsportsmanlike conduct.” – Simon Bischof, FMBA General Secretary