Zimmermann and Tjader take Silvaplana ski slopestyle and 2013/14 crystal globes
SILVALPANA, SUI – The final FIS Freestyle World Cup ski slopestyle competition of the 2013/14 season took place on Saturday at Silvaplana, Switzerland's Corvatsch resort despite occasional periods of snow and wind. However, even with the conditions, the immaculately constructed course designed by the Schneestern snowpark company allowed competitors to throw down some impressive runs.
The top World Cup competitors heading into Saturday's event were Lisa Zimmermann (GER) on the ladies' side and Jesper Tjader (SWE) on the men's side, with each athlete needing only to score the barest number of points to take home the 2013/14 ski slopestyle crystal globes.
Both Zimmermann and Tjader did far more than that, though, with each athlete claiming victory in Saturday's competition to claim their respective globes and put exclamation points on a pair of impressive World Cup seasons.
After qualifying in first, Zimmermann had some trouble in her first run and was sitting in second-to-last heading into run two. There, however, she laid down a spotless line, with a corked left-side nine truck driver off the top hit into a switch right side five tail grab on the second, before finishing off a clean rail section with a perfect left side 270 on to the final down rail.
With that big, smooth, technical run, her third World Cup podium of the season, and the ski slopestyle crystal globe, Zimmermann on Saturday reestablished herself as one of the top up-and-comers in the slopestyle world after a disappointing showing at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
“I feel great. I couldn't feel better. Everything went well, so I'm happy,” said the 17-year-old after claiming her prizes.
Zimmermann's score of 83.40 was well clear of second place Emma Dahlstrom's (SWE) 78.20 and third place Camillia Berra's (SUI) 72.40. Berra was the top competitor on either the ladies' or men's sides for the host Swiss on the day.
In the men's competition, Tjader was able to put down his best run first try, looking relaxed and smooth as he chewed up the Corvatsch course.
Tjader started his run off with a jump line that included a switch right side double corked 1080 tail grab, a switch left side double corked 900 Japan, and a right side double corked 1260, before heading into a jib line highlighted by a massive gap 450 on to the big red rail. Combined with his easy flowing style and solid amplitude, Tjader's run gave him 90.80 points for a huge lead that would not be challenged.
With his win, Tjader moved 100 points clear of Olympic bronze medallist Nick Goepper (USA) on the World Cup leader board to easily claim his crystal globe.
“It feels unreal,” the 19-year-old said from the finish area, “I didn't plan this before the season. But I saw after the Olympics I was tied for first (in the World Cup), and I came to this and won this... It's unreal.”
Second place on the day went to Noah Wallace (USA), who may have put down the most creative run of the day as he utilized some of the Corvatsch park's unique features, including an alley-oop 900 on the quarter pipe/hip feature and nice jib combo on the big butter box. His run was good enough for 83.60 points and one of the best results of his career.
Third place went to the big 19 year old Christian Hummedal (NOR), with a score of 81.20.
Full ladies' results can be found HERE
Ladies' ski slopestyle final World Cup standings can be found HERE
Full men's results can be found HERE
Men's final World Cup standings can be found HERE
Men's and ladies highlight videos can be viewed HERE