Career first: Prior and Parrot win Slopestyle in Stoneham

Prior celebrated her career first at the Snowboard Jamboree presented by Mazda in collaboration with Videotron Mobile thanks to a strong second run in the ladies’ finals earning 89.75.

Thank goodness I landed on my feet! It feels really good to put down a run and win that competition. I’ve done a few competitions this season and this is my first comp that I landed a run, I’m just relieved.

I definitely was confident we had a few days riding, my confidence grew every day. I put together a run that I thought would be consistent, I’m stoked,” she said.

Prior, who had stomped a switch 540 inverted to backflip indy, backside 540 mute on the three-kicker line and then showcased a switch boardslide to gap to lipslide to 50/50 backside 180 out in the jibbing section thus became the second snowboarder from New Zealand to ever win a World Cup event.

Cheryl Maas (NED, 85.25) and Anna Gasser (AUT, 84.25), who had been in the lead after the first run, rounded out the ladies’ podium as second and third respectively.

Maas landed a switch backside 180 indy to backside 360 indy, backside 720 tail, 50/50, backside boardslide and a 50/50 frontside 180 out while Gasser had impressed with a switch backside 180 mute to backside 360 mute, frontside 720 mute, frontside boardslide, 50/50, and a 50/50 frontside 180 out to finish things off.

Maas took over the lead in the Slopestyle World Cup standings with 1,800. Today’s fourth Sarka Pancochova (CZE, 1,500) and Prior (1,379) however are up for a neck-and-neck race for the Crystal Globe with only one more event to come.

Local from Quebec takes it all

On the men’s side, local hero Parrot is on the hot seat with 1,120 ahead of Staale Sandbech (NOR, 1,000) and Mattsson (840) thanks to his incredible win on home soil.

The Quebec rider secured his career’s first in the first run of the finals braving snow fall and strong winds with 94.50 for his cab 900 double cork backside grab to double backflip indy, backside 1260 mute, cab 270 on to frontside boardslide to 270 out, hardway 270 to frontside boardslide and 270 on frontside boardslide.

The course was perfect today. It was very snowy but I really like to ride in these conditions. I feel all by myself during my run and it makes me happy!

My run was perfect I think. It wasn’t what I had planned this week. I had changed it this morning because of the conditions but when I saw the runs of the other riders I just decided to go all in,” Parrot stated.

Niklas Mattsson (SWE, 87.50) who threw down a switch backside 900 indy to frontside 720 tail, backside 1080 double cork mute, frontside 180 on to switch frontside boardslide, cab 270 on to frontside boardslide and 50/50 frontside 360 out as well as Torgeir Bergrem (NOR, 83.00), who fired down a cab 900 mute to frontside 720 lien, backside 1080 mute, frontside lipslide to fakie, cab 270 on to frontside boardslide and a switch noseslide 270 out, took second and third.

While the lead changed in the discipline World Cup, no changes took place in the Freestyle Snowboard Overall World Cup ranking with Rana Okada (JPN, 2,520) and Scotty James (AUS, 2,580) looking promising.

The FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour takes a break of almost two months for the Olympic Winter Games at Sochi. It will return March 5thwith this winter’s last snowboard freestyle event. The season’s finals will take place at Kreischberg (AUT) with a slopestyle contest.


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Japanese riders dominate season's last Halfpipe World Cup | Okada and Aono triumph

Rana Okada claimed her career’s first with 86.50 with a backside air to lien air, backside 540 mute, frontside 720 melon and a cab 720 mute saying “I’m very happy. I don’t know yet if I’m part of the Olympic team but I do hope so.”

Yuki Furihata (82.25, mc twist / crippler 540 / backside air / cab 360 melon) and Hikaru Oe (78.25, backside air / melon / backside 540 mute / frontside 720 melon / cab 720 mute) placed second and third respectively thus bringing home her career’s first podium finishes and some good arguments to make the Japanese Olympic team.

On the men’s side, Ryo Aono of Japan came out victorious after an impressive first run (92) and thus secured his Sochi spot with a backside 5 mute to frontside 1080 lien, cab 1080 indy, frontside 9 lien and a taipan to finish things off.

I’m very pleased with this win. I came here to secure my Olympic spot which I have due to this victory. I’m very happy,” he said.

World Cup title for Aussie and US rider

The podium was rounded out by Jan Scherrer (SUI, 85.25, frontside 7 indy / cab 1080 mute / frontside 9 tail / backside 5 mute / frontside 1080 lien) and Scott James (AUS, 84.50, frontside lien / backside 540 mute / frontside 1080 tail / cab 1080 double cork indy / frontside double) who thus not only clinched his career’s first podium but also his first ever Halfpipe World Cup title (1,400).

Kelly Clark (USA, 2000) successfully defended her 2013 Halfpipe World Cup title although she sat out the Snowboard Jamboree presented by Mazda in collaboration with Videotron Mobile staying back home with her team mates to find out in the US qualifiers who will make the Olympic team of four ladies and men.

Rebecca Sinclair (NZL, 1,640) and today’s winner of the halfpipe contest presented by Mazda, Rana Okada (1,520), placed second and third in the final Halfpipe World Cup ranking.

On the men’s side, Johann Baisamy (FRA, 1,362) and Ryo Aono (1,258) took second and third in the final standings.

The FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup continues tomorrow with the penultimate slopestyle contest of the season and thus the last of the Olympic qualifier process. The semi finals are scheduled for 11 AM ET (5 PM CET), the finals for 1 PM ET (7 PM CET).



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Petja Piiroinen soars to career's first World Cup win in Quebec City big air contest

Thousand of spectators had gathered around Park Îlot Fleurie watching the night finals under flood light where the best 12 qualifiers provided a magical night wowing the crowd by showcasing a bunch of 1080’s – despite icy conditions.

And other than expected after his average performance in the qualifiers the day before, odds-on favourite for this kind of temperatures and snow conditions Petja Piiroinen (FIN) came out triumphant securing his career’s first World Cup win in yesterday’s sole big air contest of the 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour.

The 2011 FIS Snowboard World Champion earned a score of 161.75 for his backside double cork 1080 mute and frontside 1080 tail thus edging of Sweden’s Mans Hedberg with the tiny advantage of .75 to second rank.

Not much, but just enough for for the flying Finn to step on top of the podium.

I’m feeling great. It was a perfect day. I made it straight to the slopestyle finals this morning and now I just won the big air. I’m stoked,” Piiroinen, the younger brother of 2010 Olympic Halfpipe Silver medalist Peetu said.

However, the finals could have gone either way with Swedish ripper Hedberg earning a 161 for stomping a frontside double cork 1080 indy and a backside double cork 1080 mute in his fourth World Cup start.

But the 20-year-old wasn’t disappointed at all after his career’s first top-3 finish:

It was good but hard. Well, I do like it when it’s icy though. I’m very pleased with my first competition in Quebec City.”

Local hero Antoine Truchon (CAN), who had won the Big Air World Cup presented by Videotron Mobile two years ago, took third and thus his career’s second World Cup podium with 156.25 for his frontside double cork 1080 indy and a switch backside double cork 1080.

The 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour continues today with the finals of the season’s last Halfpipe World Cup contest at Stoneham at 1 PM ET (7 PM CET).


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High-class slopestyle qualifiers at Stoneham

Especially as only two riders of each qualification heat would make it directly to the finals.

On the women’s side, Cheryl Maas (NED), Copper Mountain World Cup winner Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Anna Gasser (AUT) and Christy Prior (NZL) earned their spots.

On the men’s side, Max Parrot (CAN), former Big Air World Champion Petja Piiroinen (FIN), 2011 Slopestyle World Champion Seppe Smits (BEL), Mans Hedberg (SWE), Seamus O’Conner (IRE), Charles Reid (CAN), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR) and Jamie Nicholls (GBR) were the eight men of four heats to go through.

In addition, six more ladies and twelve more men will get a second chance in the semi finals at Sunday, Jan 19, 11 AM ET (5 PM CET) to claim one of the remaining two (ladies) and four (men) spots for the finals which are scheduled for Sunday, Jan 19, 1 PM ET (7 PM CET).

For further information on today’s contests check:

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High energy in Stoneham for last pre-Olympic slopestyle contest

While a good portion of the top names in slopestyle won’t be in attendance at the venue of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships – like the US riders who are currently battling for their team spots at the Grand Prix series in the States, those who are competing will be looking to take advantage of the opening to score last-minute points towards earning a spot at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The qualification period for the Games ends on Sunday, January 19.

However, the big field still features some of the world’s finest talents such as Cheryl Mass (NED), Copper Mountain World Cup winner Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Olympic Champion Torah Bright (AUS) and Ms cab double cork 900 Anna Gasser (AUT) on the women’s side, just to name a few.

On the men’s side of things, Maxence Parrot (CAN), Niklas Mattsson (SWE), 2011 World Champion Seppe Smits (BEL), yesterday’s top big air qualifier Mans Hedberg (SWE), Antoine Truchon (CAN), Halldor Helgason (ISL), Simon Gruber (ITA), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR) and Ethan Morgan (GER) are only some of the well-known riders keen to drop in the course which totally differs from the one of the last worlds.

This time, the shaper crew led by Steve Petrie placed the three-kicker line with jumps of increasing size (50 feet to 55 and 61) at the top of the course with the jibbing line at the end.

In the first rail section, riders can chose from a gap to down box or gap to down rail. The second section provides either a 32-feet down rail or down-flat-down. The finals feature to hit will be a down box or down flat.

Here are the start lists for today’s qualifiers ran in the double up format which will kick off at 9:40 AM ET (3:40 PM CET) with ladies qualifier heats 1 and 2.

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