Chloe Kim writes history in Park City
Chloe Kim (USA) and Matt Ladley (USA) brought home a double victory for the host nation at this season's halfpipe World Cup event which was staged at Park City, UT under a blue bird sky today.
Coming off hot from Aspen, CO both 2016 X Games gold medalists paved the way for their career's first World Cup win with a flawless first run setting the bar too high for the rest of the field which included some of the world's finest talents in the three run, best one counts final of the top six ladies and top 10 men.
But while both were able to step it up once more, it was Kim to take home all the glory.
Just two days after the best qualifier of the women's field had stated that she would still trying to adapt to the PC superpipe and to figure out a run for the finals, the 15-year-old coming superstar of women's halfpipe snowboarding impressed with a perfect answer on her search.
Kim kept the momentum from her X Games gold by stomping the first ever back-to-back 1080's in a contest in her last run which had kicked off with a huge method and finished with a frontside 540.
“Today was just so perfect, and I saw the opportunity to try it so I just went for it! It’s going to give me a huge confidence boost going into the next competition,” she said.
With a gigantic and perfect 100 on an historic day Kim led an US podium sweep with her teammates Maddie Mastro (92.00) and Kelly Clark (89.25) placing second and third, respectively.
“I was surprised that run was a 100, since I only had 4 hits, but I’m pretty sure it was because of the hype.
I just think it’s really cool, and I don’t really care of score at that point, and I’m really stoked I could put down my run with back-to-back 10," Kim stated who was also named the U.S. National Halfpipe Champion with the Park City win.
Runner-up Maddie Mastro, another 2000 born who had earned her second straight podium finish in her second World Cup start just like dominating rider Kim with a back-to-back 720s to a crippler and back-to-back 540s and a sweet seatbelt to finish things off was also happy with how things turned out in the PC superpipe where the 2019 FIS Snowboard World Championships will take place:
“I’m speechless right now and I’m all shaking. I’m happy how the day went. Everyone was just riding so well so it’s cool I found my way into podium. Everyone was pushing today and it was amazing to see.”
Ladley for stands out in men's final
In the men's event, Ladley was able to up his game with a 95.50 for his second run consisting of a backside 9 to frontside 1260, method, frontside 1080 and a final cab 1260 edging off Japanese shredders Ryo Aono (92.00) and Naito Ando (90.50) to second and third, respectively.
“It was great. I’m happy, and I had a lot of fun. I guess I just rode better than I have in a while.
This year I really wanted to go big because I have fun doing it, you know, going fast, going big, riding well that’s my favourite part, and this is what I focus on, and I did that very well today,” Ladley stated after his first ever World Cup win and podium in his 15th start.
Due to his second rank finish and with only one more halfpipe World Cup contest to come, Aono who had landed a backside 540 to frontside 1440, cab double 1080 and back-to-back 900s already secured his career's third title (2,250) after 2007 and 2009.
On the women's side of things, Clark (2,000) leads the race for the Crystal Globe with Kim sitting in second (1,800).
The freestyle World Cup circuit will be heading to Boston now where this season's first big air event will take place in the famous Fenway Park on February 11th, 2016.
The halfpipe World Cup tour will wrap things up with the last event in Sapporo, Japan next weekend (February 13th and 14th, 2016).