Career first: Prior and Parrot win Slopestyle in Stoneham
Christy Prior (NZL) and Maxence Parrot (CAN) clinched the penultimate slopestyle competition of the 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour which took place in Stoneham, Canada, today.
Prior celebrated her career first at the Snowboard Jamboree presented by Mazda in collaboration with Videotron Mobile thanks to a strong second run in the ladies' finals earning 89.75.
“Thank goodness I landed on my feet! It feels really good to put down a run and win that competition. I’ve done a few competitions this season and this is my first comp that I landed a run, I’m just relieved.
I definitely was confident we had a few days riding, my confidence grew every day. I put together a run that I thought would be consistent, I’m stoked,” she said.
Prior, who had stomped a switch 540 inverted to backflip indy, backside 540 mute on the three-kicker line and then showcased a switch boardslide to gap to lipslide to 50/50 backside 180 out in the jibbing section thus became the second snowboarder from New Zealand to ever win a World Cup event.
Cheryl Maas (NED, 85.25) and Anna Gasser (AUT, 84.25), who had been in the lead after the first run, rounded out the ladies' podium as second and third respectively.
Maas landed a switch backside 180 indy to backside 360 indy, backside 720 tail, 50/50, backside boardslide and a 50/50 frontside 180 out while Gasser had impressed with a switch backside 180 mute to backside 360 mute, frontside 720 mute, frontside boardslide, 50/50, and a 50/50 frontside 180 out to finish things off.
Maas took over the lead in the Slopestyle World Cup standings with 1,800. Today's fourth Sarka Pancochova (CZE, 1,500) and Prior (1,379) however are up for a neck-and-neck race for the Crystal Globe with only one more event to come.
Local from Quebec takes it all
On the men's side, local hero Parrot is on the hot seat with 1,120 ahead of Staale Sandbech (NOR, 1,000) and Mattsson (840) thanks to his incredible win on home soil.
The Quebec rider secured his career's first in the first run of the finals braving snow fall and strong winds with 94.50 for his cab 900 double cork backside grab to double backflip indy, backside 1260 mute, cab 270 on to frontside boardslide to 270 out, hardway 270 to frontside boardslide and 270 on frontside boardslide.
“The course was perfect today. It was very snowy but I really like to ride in these conditions. I feel all by myself during my run and it makes me happy!
My run was perfect I think. It wasn’t what I had planned this week. I had changed it this morning because of the conditions but when I saw the runs of the other riders I just decided to go all in,” Parrot stated.
Niklas Mattsson (SWE, 87.50) who threw down a switch backside 900 indy to frontside 720 tail, backside 1080 double cork mute, frontside 180 on to switch frontside boardslide, cab 270 on to frontside boardslide and 50/50 frontside 360 out as well as Torgeir Bergrem (NOR, 83.00), who fired down a cab 900 mute to frontside 720 lien, backside 1080 mute, frontside lipslide to fakie, cab 270 on to frontside boardslide and a switch noseslide 270 out, took second and third.
While the lead changed in the discipline World Cup, no changes took place in the Freestyle Snowboard Overall World Cup ranking with Rana Okada (JPN, 2,520) and Scotty James (AUS, 2,580) looking promising.
The FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour takes a break of almost two months for the Olympic Winter Games at Sochi. It will return March 5th with this winter's last snowboard freestyle event. The season's finals will take place at Kreischberg (AUT) with a slopestyle contest.