Brown and Herman win Breckenridge slopestyle
BRECKENRIDGE, USA – Dumping snow and thick fog cut short the program at the Breckenridge FIS Freestyle World Cup/Sprint Grand Prix slopestyle on Friday afternoon, after several delays as organizers attempted to alternately wait out the weather and clear snow off the course.
Eventually, however, the weather won the day, and with more adverse conditions in the forecast for the next day, the decision was made to cancel the slopestyle finals.
FIS rules state that, if a phase of an event can not be completed, results from the last competitive phase of the event to be completed will be used as final results. In the case of the Breckenridge slopestyle, qualifications had been successfully completed on Wednesday, and therefor those results become the official results, with Bobby Brown (USA) taking the win in the men's event and last year's World Cup overall winner Keri Herman (USA) awarded the victory in the ladies' contest.
It was a strong international field in both the men's and ladies' events that the two US athletes beat out, with skiers representing nations from Norway to New Zealand in the men's competition, and Chile to Slovakia in the ladies'. For that, along with so many other reasons, it was disappointing all around to watch the competitions forced cancellation.
Jesper Tjader (SWE) and Kai Mahler (SUI) ended up rounding out the men's podium, while Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) and Devin Logan (USA) took 2nd and 3rd for the ladies.
From here, the World Cup slopestyle tour moves to Gstaad (SUI) on January 18th for the last FIS Freestyle event of the qualifying period for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Full men's results can be found HERE
Full ladies' results can be found HERE