Freestyle snowboarders close out World Cup season in Spindleruv Mlyn
After 18 competitions spread across three continents and five countries, the snowboard freestyle World Cup will head to Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic this weekend for the final event of the 2015-16 season.
From March 19th till 20th, this winter's fourth and last slopestyle World Cup contest is slated to wrap up the winter.
It's the second time in a row, that the so-called Audi Snowjam, the sole European stop of the tour, will host the season's finals.
And just like last year, riders from 17 different countries as well as the fans at site can once again expect an unique and varying set-up which will serve as playground for some of the very best slopestyle athletes in the world – with some of them still battling for the Crystal Globes.
While Jamie Anderson (USA, 3,360) and Ryo Aono (JPN, 3,250 ) have already secured the big Crystal Globe for the season's best overall freestyle snowboarders ahead of the season's finale, things are still open in the slopestyle ranking.
Right now, the title for the top slopestyle performer is very much in reach for Anderson who is leaving out the event but has a comfortable lead due to two wins in two starts.
Anderson's teammate Karly Shorr (USA, 1,400) is her strongest pursuer sitting in second position of the ranking with 600 points behind. But even Hungarian superstar Anna Gyarmati who is currently sitting in fourth position could still catch up for a tied first rank if she wins the final contest.
With last year's first and second ranked riders Cheryl Maas (NED) and Klaudia Medlova (SVK) as well as local hero Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Julia Marino (USA) and Katie Ormerod (GBR) five more top athletes are also ready to drop in – just to name a few.
In the men's event, Chris Corning (USA, 1,720) is leading the pack in his first full World Cup season with his teammate Brandon Davis (1,500) within reach.
And with even some more riders from the strong and deep US roster like Eric Beauchemin and 2015 world champion Ryan Stassel on hand as well as top shredders like Billy Morgan (GBR), Canada's Antoine Truchon and Max Eberhardt plus Janne Korpi (FIN), it's all set for a thrilling title showdown in the Czech Republic.
WORLD CUP STANDINGS
Qualifiers for the 2015-16 snowboard freestyle World Cup tour's season finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 19th at 10 AM CET with the finals slated to take place on Sunday, March 20th at 2 PM CET.