Some competitors can’t handle pressure. When they’re down to their last chance, focus disintegrates and mistakes happen. Today, in the final moments of the Red Bull Rampage qualifier,Graham Agassiz turned pressure into performance, nailing a unique and difficult line (watch it in the video above) to land at the top of the results.
Agassiz used his first competition run on Friday to go for a huge drop early in his line for the first time, and the results were disastrous. He learned what he needed to know about his approach to it, however, so he waited for run two for another chance.
Unfortunately, rain forced event organizers to put the qualifier on hold, and several athletes, including Agassiz, had to wait until Sunday to complete their second run. That’s a lot of time to think about the risks he’d be taking, but when it came time for Aggy to drop in, he aced his line and the venue erupted with cheers.
This marks the second year in a row Agassiz has qualified in the top position. Find out how he fares in the final by watching the webcast on the official Red Bull Rampage site on Monday, September 29, starting at 1:00 p.m. MT.
The enhanced webcast will feature live voting during each run, so you can vote for your favorites to help determine which rider will receive the Army National Guard People’s Choice award. Get involved in the action via live chat with fans around the world, and watch your favorite moments over and over with nearly instant online replays for each run.
Watch the finals live here tomorrow morning. http://rampage.redbull.tv