Freestyle snowboarder to close their World Cup season with a slopestyle contest at Kreischberg
The first ever slopestyle World Cup event on Austrian soil is also the dress rehearsal for an up-coming major event.
From January 15 thru 25, 2015, the first ever combined FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships will take place in the Mur valley.
Whilst some top names from the US, Canada and Norway won't compete over the next days at Kreischberg as they received some invitations to the US Open in Vail, other international pros like 2011 Big Air World Champion Petja Pirroinen (FIN) as well as his team mates Nuuti Niemelae and Ville Paumola, 2011 World Champs Slopestyle Bronze medallist have confirmed to compete.
In addition, local heroes Clemens Schattschneider, Adrian Krainer and Mathias Weißenbacher will try to podium on home soil.
On the women's side, the focus is on Elena Koenz (SUI), who finished ninth at the Olympic debut of slopestyle two weeks ago as well as on Sochi's fifth ranked rider Sarka Pancochova (CZE).
The Czech styler won the Copper Mountain Slopestyle World Cup last December and is the odds-on favourite to claim the World Cup title with so far 1,500 points as Cheryl Maas (NED, 1,800) won't participate in Austria.
And the 23-year-old 2011 World Championships Silver medallist has already some pleasant associations with the Styrian event venue. In 2010, Pancochova clinched here career's first World Cup win in the Kreischberg halfpipe.