Some people just don’t have the patience to wait for snow—some turn to sand, others to grass (no, not that kind of grass).
Iranian skier Seyyed Morteza Ja’fari grabbed the gold medal at the Grass Skiing World Cup in Iran on Friday, clocking a 51.09-second finish in the giant slalom competition.
Ja’fari, the first Iranian to win gold in the event, also finished second in the downhill event, securing a silver medal for Iran, according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency.
“It was tough, but I’m glad that I made all Iranians proud,” said Ja’fari, who was competing in the event for the first time against other athletes with several years of experience.
Dizin ski resort in the Alborz Mountains and near the capital, Tehran, has been hosting international skiing events for more than 13 years. The FIS-sponsored tournament brings together international skiers from five countries to compete in slalom and super-G events using short blade-like skis on wheels.
Italy’s Eduardo Frau claimed the second title with 51.98 seconds, while Austrian skier Michael Stocker sat in the third place with 51.78. The grass skiing world championship will be held in Italy in September, barring cancelation due to—heaven forbid—snow on the slopes.