One of Finland’s top snowboarders has scored a boost heading into the Winter Olympics.
Enni Rukajärvi came third in the X Games slopestyle competition in Aspen.
Heavy snow caused organisers some uncertainty whether the competition could go ahead, and gave snowboarders some challenging conditions to cope with.
“It was difficult to see what was happening, and whether it was going to be a fast run or not. I heard some of the girls dropped out and I was wondering if I should do the same. But I had good momentum and decided to keep going” says Rukajärvi.
Despite the difficult conditions, the athlete says she enjoyed the race.
Rukajärvi is one of the stars of the Finnish Winter Olympic team heading to the Pyeongchang games. The 27-year-old was a slopestyle gold medalist at the 2011 Snowboard World Championships; and a gold medalist at the 2011 X Games. She won Olympic silver in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the first time slopestyle was included as an official medal event.
Slopestyle snowboarders have to tackle obstacles like rails, jumps and other tricky terrain on a downhill course.
The 2018 Winter Olympics take place from 9th to 25th February in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.