First ever Universiade slopestyle Gold for Keeney and Leinonen
Alexis Keeney (USA) and Kalle Leinonen (FIN) have won the first ever slopestyle Universiade Gold.
At the student's Games currently staged in Trentino with the freestyle skiing events taking place at Monte Bondone, Keeney ruled the ladies' competition earning 82.60 points thus relegating Fabienne Werder (SUI, 65.20) and Katie Souza (USA, 62.60).
After her impressive win, 22-year-old young gun Keeney said: “It was an awesome event. I love what I'm doing and I hope I can make a living from it soon.”
On the men's side of things, the decision over Gold or Silver was a close one with the better ending for the more experienced rider.
Leinonen, a slopestyle ace with so far three World Cup wins to his belt, came out first with 87.60 points and thus only .60 points more than Szczepan Karpiel (POL) scored, who in the end was pleased with Silver.
“I couldn't understand the jury. But I'm not ashamed being second behind Kalle”, the Polish skier said who will now focus on the big thing.”
“I'll try to qualify for Sochi: it will be hard but I'll chance my luck.”
Janne van Enckevort (NED, 84.20) rounded out the podium as third.