Devin Logan and Torin Yater-Wallace win Halfpipe World Cup opener
Devin Logan (USA) and Torin Yater-Wallace came out victorious of the Halfpipe World Cup Opener held at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort, New Zealand, today.
Logan, the reigning FIS Junior World Champion earned a winning score of 83.2 points in her second run of the finals thus relegating Manami Mitsuboshi (JPN, 80.0) and Ayana Onozuka (JPN, 78.6) to the second and third rank respectively.
On the men's side, Yater-Wallace received 93.0 points out of a maximum of 100 points for his second run in the finals. Best qualifier Thomas Krief (FRA, 90.0) and Benoit Valentin (FRA, 84.2) rounded out the podium as second and third respectively.
However, both triumphing riders, who thus also took over the World Cup lead, had to prove some real nerves of steel as they didn't stomp the runs they wanted in their first attend; Logan actually fell while performing a flair on the right wall.
According to this, the skier said: “It was really hard as I fell in my first run of the finals. I clipped the deck with my flair. I just wanted to come back and stomp a run.”
And Logan did! The rising star nailed a left 540 tail to flair, mute air, alley oop mute, 720 mute and switch alley oop 360.
A run which not only allowed her to take over the hot seat but also to claim her career's first ever World Cup win in her sixth start.
“All the girls were killing it. I'm stoked to see the progression. I'm happy, a little lucky but happy.
I came in with high expectations which actually helped. But there is definitely a lot to improve on.”
Close duel in the men's finals
On the men's side, Yater-Wallace actually didn't bail but was able to step up things after Frenchman Thomas Krief had set the bar high.
Toto had landed a clean and and well executed run with a lot of air time consisting of right 900 reverse mute, double cork 1260 tail, alley oop rodeo 360 japan, switch 720 mute, alley oop rodeo 540 shifty.
But the 16-years-old kid had the right answer.
Torin started things off with a right double cork 1260 mute to alley oop rodeo japan, 900 tail, 1080 tail and finished things off with a switch 900 mute coming out with a lead of 3 points over Krief.
“Today was really fun. I was pretty nervous at first. It's been my first competition in New Zealand so I didn't know what to expect. It ended up being sick. The pipe was nice, I'm excited.
My first run wasn't as clean as I wanted it to be. I had a few low landings. But then I went bigger and scored higher. It feels amazing.”
A result which has been hoped for
A nice side fact: during the first training session at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort, all three top ranked men were joking that it would be fun to end up on the podium together regardless their ranking.
According to this, Benoit Valentin said: “We made it. I'm very happy about that.” In addition, the 2011 World Cup title winner was also happy about another fact. The last time that two French riders podiumed dates back 1,5 years to Kreischberg, Austria.