Anderson and Parrot win Copper Mountain big air
Jamie Anderson (USA) and Max Parrot (CAN) topped the big air field at today's Toyota U.S. Grand Prix which hosted this season's fourth World Cup stop. It was the first time in more than eight years that a big air World Cup took place on a slope and not on a scaffolding jump.
But with the riders in full kicker swing in this early season already, the Copper Mountain event became one to remember as riders were once again working hard to push the level of their sport.
Especially in the women's competition which not only had a front double 10 by Klaudia Medlova (SVK) but also the other girls dedicated to progression – including Jamie Anderson although the 2014 Olympic slopestyle Gold medallist went 'old-school' in the women's finals which took place ahead of the men's event and saw only four of the best six girls competing after Katie Ormerod (GBR) and Kjersti Buaas (NOR) had pulled out of the event.
Anderson landed a switch backside 540 and cab 720 to earn a 151.25 in the three-run, best two count format of the finals and walked away with her career's seventh World Cup win while still feeling a bit sad about losing the chance to really show what she can:
“It was a fun day today. I really wanted to do a front 10 today but I wasn't really flowin' with frontside so I went for cab 720 and switch back 5. I'm happy, and I'm grateful. The girls were absolutely killing it. You can tell that everyone is charging.”
Enni Rukajarvi (FIN, 147.00) and best qualifier Klaudia Medlova (SVK, 146.50) rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively, with Julia Marino (USA) having to settle for fourth (136.75).
Parrot has it - again
Over in the men's event, it were riders from Canada who lived up to the expectations being the favourites for the win with Max Parrot standing out of a high-level competition bringing home his career's fourth.
The 22-year-old from Bromont, QC., impressed the judges with a high and well executed backside and frontside triple 1440 scoring a 188.75. Parrot therefore led a 1-2 punch for the Maple Leaves with Sebastien Toutant (176.00) taking second
Reigning slopestyle world champion Ryan Stassel came in third with a 167.50 preventing a Canadian podium sweep with Max Eberhardt (CAN, 159.50) in fourth position.
However, over the last couple of days, it didn't look like Parrot would have his two tricks in store which finally earned him the win.
“I did the back triple 14 in my first run, a pretty easy trick for myself. But then I did the front triple 14, which is a trick which I had trouble with this week.
But actually yesterday I stomped it a couple of times, but I was always putting my hand down. So I'm really happy to put it down in the second run, without a hand down and pretty big.”
And given the fact that his teammate Seb Toots did stomp a cab 1620, a trick which Toutant proclaimed the “probably hardest trick today”, a slight hand drag could have cost Parrot his first rank prize money.
As a result of this high-class battle, riders are already thinking of some new tricks while going into the festive season.
While Ryan Stassel put the switch backside 1620 on his agenda as he “wasn't feeling it today with all the flat light” and Klaudia Medlova still needs “to work on the front double 10 and some other tricks as the level of the girl's riding is improving fast”, Max Parrot is thinking, too – but not talking about it:
“There is always something in my mind but we still have to keep it under radar.”
The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour will come back after the turn of the year with this season's fifth big air World Cup slated to take place in Moscow (RUS) on January 7, 2017.