Finals set for Park City slopestyle and halfpipe
PARK CITY, USA – After two days of qualifications saw huge halfpipe and slopestyle fields narrowed down to just 10 men and six ladies per event, the Park City Grand Prix/World Cup is set to see a pair of finals that will showcase some of the very best pipe and slope riders in the world at one of the world's premier freeskiing resorts, beginning today with slopestyle finals at 13:15 MST.
Thursday's slopestyle qualifiers saw an impressive slate of US athletes make it through to Friday's finals, with Sochi 2014 gold medallist and Park City local Joss Christensen leading five of his compatriots, including Sochi silver medalist Gus Kenworthy and Voss 2013 world champion Tom Wallisch, into a US-dominated slopestyle final.
The US will also hold the balance of power in Saturday's halfpipe competition, with Torin Yater-Wallace and Sochi 2014 gold medalist David Wise topping a finalist list featuring five US athletes, three Canadians, and two French skiers in what is certain to be one of the best halfpipe showdowns of the season.
On the ladies side things are a little bit more international, with Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) leading a six-athlete slopestyle final that features skiers from five different nations, only one of whom, Devin Logan, is from the host US team.
Impressively, Logan also qualified through to Saturday's halfpipe final, where she'll face off against her top-qualifying teammate and Sochi 2014 gold medallist Maddie Bowman, Kreischberg 2015 World Championships silver medallist Cassie Sharpe (CAN), and super smooth Sochi 2014 bronze medalist Ayana Onozuka (JPN).
As the last stop on the USSA's Sprint Grand Prix tour, this weekend's Park City halfpipe and slopestyle World Cup competitions have already lived up to their billing through qualifications. With back-to-back days of finals featuring some of the finals freestyle skiers in the world, Friday's slopestyle and Saturday's halfpipe events promise to be exceptional.