US snowboard star Jamie Anderson won the 2014 season’s first FIS Snowboard World Cup which was staged today as part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort. The 22-years-old rewarded the patience of a passionate crowd with a stunning display of slopestyle riding after weather had again disrupted the dayâ€™s schedule leading to a late afternoon finish for the women and the cancellation of the menâ€™s comp.
However, the performance of all eight women in the final, … which ended with daylight fading, was well worth the wait. Anderson scored 94.75 in her first run of the finals thus relegating Jenny Jones (GBR, 87.00) and Cheryl Maas (NED, 80.50) to the second and third rank respectively.
- Second World Cup win for Anderson at her third start
- First World Cup podium for Jenny Jones in her fifth attempt
- First World Cup slopestyle podium for Cheryl Maas in her first start thus celebrating a perfect comeback from a knee injury (right ACL and meniscus)
- Due to the fog and poor visibility, the women’s qualifiers and finals had to be postponed several times which caused the cancellation of the men’s qualifiers and thus the men’s competition. Heat 1 & 2 of the men’s qualifiers had been run yesterday
- Due to the weather conditions, the third kicker of the course had to be closed out > Course: wall ride, rail set, pole jam, two-kicker line
- Winning run Anderson:Â backside tail tap (wall ride), backside tailslide (down rail), 50/50 to backside out (pole jam), switch backside 540 indy, backside 540 mute (kicker line)
- Run Jones: stall to fakie (wall ride), switch back boardslide (down rail), 50/50 to indy out (pole jam), backside 360 indy, frontside 720 indy (kicker line)
Jamie Anderson (USA):Â â€œToday has been just wonderfulâ€¦ long but really good. Iâ€™m so thankful it worked out and that everyone was patient with the earth. Itâ€™s just a part of the journey. I just wanted to land a run and do well but I wasnâ€™t totally obsessed with winning. All of us had to deal with the weather which was quite challenging but we all rode really well and Iâ€™m so proud of all the girls and Iâ€™m really happy with myself.â€
Jenny Jones (GBR):Â â€œI’m stoked to make the final and actually land my run in the final because the other World Cups I’ve done I crashed. So I was like ‘please land on your feet’. So I’m absolutely stoked to make the podium. The podium is very helpful. It was worth the 2,000 pound flight to come here. I’m absolutely delighted. Today was tough: it’s on, it’s off, your heartbeat goes up and down. It’s been like that since 8AM till 4PM.â€
Cheryl Maas (NED):Â â€œI’m stoked because I just came back from a six month injury, so I had a lot of problems training and mentally getting back. I was just about to start and never expected to make it to the finals and definitely not to podium. So I’m really happy and quite surprised.â€
The 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup
The 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup consists of three events (halfpipe, slopestyle and big air) and features a total of eleven competitions with the first slopestyle and halfpipe contest to currently taking place in New Zealand.
Information courtesy of Oliver Krauss / FIS