Xuetong Cai and Janne Korpi crowned 2012 Halfpipe World Cup Champions
Xuetong Cai (CHN) and Janne Korpi (FIN) are the 2012 Halfpipe World Cup Title winners.
The 18-years-old Chinese rider secured her career's third consecutive Crystal Globe by claiming victory in the last halfpipe contest of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season.
Cai dropped in to a frontside 540 melon to backside 540 mute, frontside 720 indy, cab 360 tail and frontside air scoring today's high of 92.75 thus relegating her team mate Shuang Li (CHN, 85) and Haruna Matsumoto (JPN, 80.25) to the second and third rank respectively.
According to her title three-peat and her career's sixth win the most dominating female halfpipe rider of the last World Cup seasons said, shy and retiring as always: “I'm very happy about my win and my third World Cup title.”
A first for Korpi
While Cai seems to kind of get used to placing on top of the world, Janne Korpi celebrated his first ever World Cup title due to a third rank (88.25) behind of reigning World Champion Nathan Johnstone (AUS, 95.50) and Taku Hiraoka (JPN, 91.25).
“I'm happy about my first title. I want to see how the Crystal Globe looks like. I heard it is pretty cool. I will place it somewhere in my house, so I guess I have to think about getting a fire place,” stated the 26-years-old from Nummela.
However, although he had a huge success to be proud of, the top favorite for the overall freestyle title had also something to complain about.
“Although I'm happy about my third rank, I'm kind of disappointed from my run. I didn't do what I was supposed to do. I wanted to do some better tricks. But I didn't land my first run and thus had to do some sort of safety run.”
In the end, Korpi brought home a frontside 1080 tail to cab 1080 nose, backside rodeo alley-oop nose and backside 540 mute to finish things off.
Maybe his planned and missed double cork could have put him higher on the final score board but the top spot definitely belonged to a rider from down under.
Nathan Johnstone, the top qualifier, impressed the judges with a flawless and very high executed run consisting of a frontside 900 mute to backside 900 melon, frontside 1080 mute and a final and astonishing cab 720 taipan.
“It was really fun out there. The pipe was really good. It allowed some good riding. I'm pumped to get that first run landed. I was hoping to build on that in the second run but kind of stumbled on that flat 900 and ran out of pipe but it's all good. I'm still happy!”
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues with the season's last big air event in Quebec City, Canada, on FEB 25. The qualifiers, however, will take place tomorrow night already.