Impressive tricks at Snowboard Halfpipe Qualifier!
Fri 24 August 12
Finland's Janne Korpi had the run of the day at the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup qualifiers scoring a total of 88.6 points.
In the women's competition both the qualifiers and semi-finals were staged. 2012 X-Games gold medallist Kelly Clark (USA) scored the highest, 84 points, in the qualifying rounds, and Holly Crawford (AUS) took the top spot of the semis with a score of 80 points.
Four heats totalling 74 men, representing 24 nations, competed today with the top two from each heat going straight through to finals and the next three from each heat to the semi-final. The top four men in the semi-finals will progress to the final.
Korpi's run included a frontside alley oop, backside 540 mute, front to tail, cab 72 (grab), front 900 lean. "Janne performed well today with high amplitude on every trick. There were also some strong impressive runs from the younger riders and their confidence grew as the day progressed,” said head judge Brandon Wong.
Making it through to the finals were Japan's Ayumu Nedefuji, Taku Hiraoka (16 years) and Shuhei Sato, Scott Lago (USA), Yiwei Zhang (CHN) and Finnish athletes Markus Malin (15 years) and Peetu Piiroinen.
James Scott (AUS), Kent Callister (AUS), Sergey Tarasov (RUS), Benjamin Farrow (USA), Matthew Ladley (USA) and Ryo Aono (JPN), Nathan Johnstone (AUS), Brennen Swanson (USA), Taylor Gold (USA), Johann Baisamy (FRA), Kim-Rune Hansen (NOR) and Dominic Harington (GBR) will battle it out for the four remaining spots in the men's final.
In the women’s finals field with Clark and Crawford will be Hannah Teter (USA), Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), Queralt Castellet (ESP) and Sophie Rodriguez.
James Hamilton was the best placed New Zealand male in 23rd place and in the female field Rebecca Sinclair was the highest placed Kiwi in 19th.
The FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup qualifiers and the women’s semi-finals were run today, earlier than the original schedule due to adverse weather conditions and high winds predicted for Saturday. The men’s semi-finals and both finals will run on Sunday 26 August, as scheduled.
Off mountain the Winter Games Adventure Film Festival from the 24-26 August is on in Queenstown. There’s an action packed programme of spectacular adventure films to inspire and entertain. Tickets are still available from the cinema or via the web site.
For further information and full results, visit www.wintergamesnz.com
Tue 28 August 12, Cardrona, New Zealand
Japan’s Ryo Aono blitzed the men’s field with the two highest scores of the day while USA’s Kelly Clark claimed the women’s title at the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup finals at Cardrona Alpine Resort, today.
Tue 28 August 12, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
Last winter, Whistler Blackcomb tallied a total accumulation of 1,389 centimeters or 45.6 feet of snow.
Thu 30 August 12, Thredbo Alpine Village, Australia
The Mile High by Carlton Dry 2012 has finished with Tor Lundström (SWE) taking the men’s title and $7000 in cash and prizes. Silvia Mittermüller (GER) took out the women’s with $3000 in cash and prizes.
Wed 05 September 12
On Wednesday 7th November 2012, 25 teams will ride at 5 indoor snow centers, including 4 hours of FREE slope-time and 1 epic day!
Thu 06 September 12, Les Deux Alpes, France
The resort opens from 27 October to 4 November (then from 1st December to 27 April 2013).