Anderson and Parrot take win at 2016 Jamboree
Jamie Anderson (USA) and Max Parrot (CAN) have clinched the second and last big air World Cup event of the 2015-16 season which took place in the famous urban scenery of Quebec City, Canada at the 2016 Jamboree presented by Videotron Mobile.
Facing very cold temperatures at Îlot Fleurie which has been the hosting venue for seven big air World Cup events and one world champs decision since 2009 now the reigning Olympic slopestyle champion earned her career's first big air World Cup win in a dominating manner.
“I think the event tonight was awesome. It was really, really cold with our arctic front, but you know, we are winter athletes so we got to perform in crazy weather and I’m just stocked,” she said.
But despite the tough conditions, Anderson, who had missed the Boston finals by a mere finishing seventh in the qualifiers, landed a cab underflip 540 mute and a frontside 720 mute in her third run which placed her way ahead of the rest with a total score of 178.75.
Katie Ormerod (GBR, 126.25) and Queralt Castellet (SPA, 91.75) rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively.
At the end, stepping up her game wasn't for the result but for the slopestyle queen from the US:
“It’s been an opportunity to get out and come to a new city for me, and I’m just so happy I was able to put down my runs and win. I know I had one when I went in for my final try but I wanted to do that for myself.”
Second ranked rider Katie Ormerod was the only one of the top-6 women finalists to get kind of close to Anderson's score stomping a backside 720 mute and backflip indy to bring home her career's first World Cup top-3 result:
“I’m so stoked to get my first big air World Cup podium here in Quebec, it was such a fun event. The jump was really nice and it was great to ride with all the riders. The girls were killing it!”
Parrot with second consecutive win in three days
In the men's event, Parrot, who had been part of the design process for the brand-new and huge scaffolding structure built right in the middle of two highways, came off hot from his Boston triumph two days ago celebrating a back-to-back win in front of an excited crowd of several thousands spectators.
“The jump was just perfect ! I’ve done it a couple of years ago and the changes they made are amazing.
The ramp is larger and the little wave before the kicker makes us more comfortable with no compression. The jump was bigger as well so I’ve been able to make a triple, everything was just perfect,” the 21-year-old from Bromont, QC explained.
Parrot, the first one ever to throw down a triple cork in a big air World Cup event, scored an amazing 192.25 out of a possible 200 for his cab double cork 1260 mute and backside triple cork 1440 mute edging off teammate Tyler Nicholson (179.50) who had placed second in Quebec City last year and 2015 slopestyle world champion Ryan Stassel (USA, 175.50) who earned his career's first World Cup podium to a respective second and third rank.
“I’m really happy, that wasn’t an easy competition. I fell in my second run, so I had a lot of pressure going into my third. But I did motivate myself. I looked at the crowd, and I told myself:
'I need to land that. I’m at Quebec, everyone here knows me, so let’s go! Let’s do it!' And it worked out with first place, one more in just three days only, so I’m very happy.”
The freestyle snowboard World Cup tour will now move to Korea where the Olympic slopestyle test event will take place in PyeongChang from February 19th till 21st, 2016.