Anna Segal (AUS) captures the first Championship title in slopestyle
They were all World Championship rookies today as the inaugural skiing slopestyle event was held at the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Park City, Utah. Australian Anna Segal made history as the discipline’s first female gold medalists. Canadian Kaya Turski, slopestyle X Games gold medalist, kept her medal streak alive win the silver medal with a score of 41.70 in her first run. American Keri Herman took the bronze medal, scoring 41,00 points on her second run.
Anna Segal faired slightly better than her fellow Australian in the men's finals, winning the women’s gold in the women’s event. After taking eighth in qualifiers, the 2009 X Games slopestyle skiing champion landed a solid final run with a lipslide on the down rail, 270 out of the A-frame rail, disaster on the flat-down rail, switch 540, 720 mute grab, and ending with a flatspin 360. The run vaulted her to the top of the podium.
"It was cool to represent Australia and stand out. I think Russ Henshaw and I did pretty well both getting a podium, pretty stoked on that," said Segal.
Two-time Winter X Games slopestyle skiing gold medalist Kaya Turski grabbed silver for Canada. Not far off the pace and rounding out the podium was American Keri Herman.
World Championship medal action resumes Friday with finals in skicross and aerials. Some of the slopestyle athletes will compete again on Friday, Feb. 4 in the halfpipe skiing qualification round. The finals for halfpipe skiing will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Park City Mountain Resort. The Championships conclude Saturday evening with dual moguls at Deer Valley Resort.