Dutch riders dominate Stoneham slopestyle
Dutch riders Charlotte Van Gils and Dimi De Jong have won the last freestyle snowboarding event of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season and thus secured the best result for Snowboard Holland in the World Cup history since more than 15 years.
Van Gils successfully competed in the women's slopestyle final at Stoneham, Quebec, earning 92 points out of a maximum of 100 points for her run which consisted of a frontside boardslide to 50/50 backside 180 out, cab 540, frontside 360, backside 360 and a 50/50.
According to this, the rider who started jibbing indoors thus relegated Brooke Voigt (CAN, 82.50) and Breanna Stangeland (CAN, 78.25) to second and third respectively.
“It feels really good to win my first World Cup right away. It was fun. And it's different to all the other tours. Every tour has its own system. I actually really like this one because if you ride well in the qualifying you can directly make it to the finals. It was a fun course and a good week,” said Van Gils, whose goal is to compete at the 2014 Olympics at Sochi.
However, she also needed some time to get into the right flow.
“I wasn't so sure because I had my ups and downs in practice. During competition I got a lot better and it was good.”
De Jong with career's first
While the 25-years-old killed it in the first of two runs, her team mate Dimi De Jong scored the day's high in his second run earning 89 points for his backside lipslide, boardslide to fakie, cab 720 melon, switch backside 900 tail, frontside 1080 tail and 50/50 to fakie to finish things off.
“I'm very happy. That was a long and tough week. I'm glad it's over now. Wrapping up the week with a win is amazing. I'm really tired but it was worth it”, stated the 17-years-old after his first ever World Cup win.
However, the rider from S'-Gravenhage who had placed once on the podium in 27 World Cup starts before (second in the halfpipe at Cardrona, New Zealand), did not expect to be the top dog today.
“I never thought that I could end up on the podium but a few other guys fell in both runs. Well, that's how it is.”
Jonathan Versteeg (CAN, 83.75) and Maxence Parrot (CAN, 81.75) rounded out the podium as second and third.
Third title for Korpi within four days
Janne Korpi (FIN), who finished ninth today (62.75), claimed the Overall Freestyle Snowboarding World Cup title (3,990) after he had also been awarded with the Crystal Globe for the Halfpipe and Big Air World Cup win before.
However, after a disappointing last night at the big air finals and some bails today ,the 26-years-old couldn't really enjoy the title hat trick.
“Right now, I don't care about titles as I rode very bad today. And that sucks more than anything else. But yeah, the Globes are some nice trophies.”
As the last freestyle snowboarding event of this winter wrapped up a long snowboarding week in Quebec the race boarders will take over center stage on a ramp right in the heart of Moscow competing in a parallel slalom on March 3rd.