The wins are unstoppable in Georgia! The Monster Energy team of snow sports athletes had a strong performance, claiming six titles in the Bakuriani 2023 FIS Freestyle Ski, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Georgia, Europe.
Overall, Monster Energy athletes claimed a total of 11 medals: 6 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze. Aside from Taiga Hasegawa, our newly minted world champions are Mia Brookes and Birk Ruud. Silver medals were earned by Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Megan Oldham.
Here are the highlights for Team Monster Energy on the final weekend of Bakuriani 2023:
MEN'S SNOWBOARD BIG AIR: Taiga Hasegawa Earns Men’s Championship
On Saturday, the newly added Snowboard Big Air event showcased spectacular aerials from the world elite in the discipline over a 70-foot gap jump. Riders were dealing with adverse weather conditions, including rain, snow, wind, and fog on the mountain at Didveli resort, but the contest still crowned the new Big Air World Champions.
When all was said and done, the rider with the best airs and rotations was a young upstart: Taiga Hasegawa, who claimed the Snowboard Big Air World Championship title with a standout performance.
In his highest-scoring attempts, Hasegawa put down a perfect Cab 1800 mute grab – hitting the takeoff backward and spinning five rotations in the air – for 90.00 points. Maintaining his momentum, Hasegawa followed up by sending a clean frontside 1800 frontside grab for 87.25 points and the win. Hasegawa’s combined score of 177.25 points was more than 20 points ahead of the next competitor – talk about a dominant win! The victory also marks the first Big Air gold in a FIS World Cup for a Japanese snowboarder.
Previously, Hasegawa won the 2023 Kreischberg Big Air World Cup in January. The Team Japan snowboarder also won 2020/2021 World Junior Snowboarding Championship in Big Air. At age 15, he made history as the world’s first rider to land 1800 rotations all four ways.