Canadian and French victory in Kreischberg (AUT)
For the first time, a World Cup freestyle skiing in halfpipe took place in Austria, and athletes from 11 nations showed amazing tricks. Canadian Rosalind Groenewoud won the women's finals, and Xavier Bertoni (FRA) won the men's.
Rosalind Groenewoud took the gold medal at the first FIS Halfpipe World Cup of the season in Krieschberg, with a score of 43.50. She narrowly edged Switzerland’s Virginie Faivre who was second at 43.30. Katrien Aerts of Belgium was third at 41.80.
Xavier Bertoni and Benoit Valentin, both of France, took the gold and silver medals with respective scores of 43.8 and 42.7. Switzerland’s Nils Lauper was third at 39.0.
This World Cup was also a dress rehearsal for the World Championship in freestyle skiing and snowboarding in 2015. 3,000 spectators in the Arena World Cup Kreischberg were delighted, the TV pictures were a great advertisement for the sport and the world cup freestyle Kreischberg.