By Todd Kortemeier | Nov. 04, 2018, 1:22 p.m. (ET)
Alex Hall takes a big air skiing run in practice at the world cup on Nov. 2, 2018 in Modena, Italy.

 

On one of the biggest world cup big air ramps ever, Olympic freestyle skier Alex Hall made a big statement in picking up the first world cup podium in that discipline of his career.

Taking to the air off a 46-meter tall, 130-meter long ramp in Modena, Italy, Hall scored a 177.50 that was good enough to secure second place, just .75 points behind winner Birk Ruud of Norway. Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli was third. Hall’s first run scored a 91.75, one of the highest scores of the day.

Team USA’s Colby Stevenson also qualified for the final, and finished ninth.

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Hall, 20, made his Olympic debut as a teenager last February at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in slopestyle, finishing 16th. He also scored his first world cup win in that discipline last March, winning the world cup stop in Silvaplana, Switzerland. Hall was first a Youth Olympian, taking the slopestyle silver medal in Lillehammer in 2016. Ruud, Sunday’s big air winner, won gold ahead of Hall at those Games. Hall also finished fourth in halfpipe.

Now a resident of Park City, Utah, Hall actually grew up in Switzerland but was born in Anchorage, Alaska.

Big air skiing will make its Olympic debut in Beijing in 2022.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.