Gyarmati and Davis claim Slopestyle wins

22 January 2016 01:52
US team riders Chas Guldemond (3rd), Brandon Davi (1st) and Eric Willet (2nd) celebrate a podium sweep for the hosting nation
US team riders Chas Guldemond (3rd), Brandon Davi (1st) and Eric Willet (2nd) celebrate a podium sweep for the hosting nation -
Sarah Brunson

The debut as a World Cup host of Mammoth Mountain (USA) wrapped up with two career's firsts today: Anna Gyarmati (HUN) and local hero Brandon Davis (USA) claimed their first ever World Cup wins in impressive manner in Unbound's famed Main Park which provided a course consisting of a three-rail jibbing section and a three-kicker line at the end and therefore offered a lot of room for creativity.

Historic result for Hungary

Gyarmati, a 23-year-old from Eger and the only non-US rider to place on the podium today, earned a 82.75 in her first of two runs setting the bar too high for her rivals in the ladies finals of this season's second slopestyle World Cup event which was pre-poned from Saturday due to the bad weather forecast with the ladies' qualifiers being canceled at all.

It was a historic triumph for her home country as never before, a rider from Hungary had placed on the podium.

“Winning here means pretty much everything right now, because I just came back from an injury. I broke my upper arm, so I couldn't ride for a long time. But yeah, I'm super happy”, said the 2011 junior world champion who had impressed the judges with a gap to tailslide, frontboard, 50/50 backside 180 out, switch backside 180 japan and a back flip to finish things off.

However, US duo Jessika Jenson (78.50) and Karly Shorr (75.00) came close rounding out the podium as second and third, respectively.

Jenson had thrown down a disaster to frontside lipslide and boardslide to backside 180 on the rails as well as a cab 540 to backside 540 on the jumps while Shorr tried to up the ante with a switch front lipslide to boardslide and a 50-50 on the rails as well as a backside 540 to cab 540. But in the end, it was Gyarmati's run which stood out.

Nevertheless, both US girls were happy about their career's second World Cup podium finishes as Shorr confirmed:

“Practice went super well, I felt really comfortable. The first time spinning the second jump switch was in my run. I just sent it, and luckily I landed. Mammoth is one of my favourite places to compete; I’ve had a lot of success here and I’m stoked to represent my country.”

Hometown boy on top of the world

Another one who really enjoys to compete in what he calls his home resort was Brandon Davis who left his stamp on the men's event, which kicked off with two qualifier heats this morning,

The Mammoth team rider shocked the top-qualifiers in the three-run, best one counts finals of the top ten riders with his second run (94.00) before upping himself with a 97.00 in his final run for his gap switch back lip, cab 270 to 270 out, 50-50 to b/s 180 method, cab 1260, frontside 1080 and a backside 1260 to finish things off.

“It means the world. Growing up here, I just felt so comfortable with being here at home surrounded by all my friends and family, and I just couldn't have asked for it to go a better way.”

Nevertheless, the California native struggled to make it to the finals of the top-10:

“It was kind of a weird day. I just barely snuck into finals, wasn't really having the best practice, didn't have the best first run, but then everything just ended up working out and here I am. I don't really know what to say.”

The 20-year-old, who had been competing in only four World Cup events before with a third rank at last season's Istanbul big air as best finish so far, relegated his team mates Eric Willet (92.50), who landed a 50-50 to boardslide to 270 out, front board 270 out on the pole jam, blunt 270 out and back 900 to switch back 1260 and frontside double 1080 as well as Charles Guldemond (91.00), who stomped a cab 270 on 270 off, front lip 270 off on pole jam, 5-0 backside 180 out and a switch back 1080 to cab 1260 double and backside 1080 double, to second and third, respectively, leading an US-American podium sweep on a due to the long day and windy conditions challenging course.

A fact, which Willet emphasized: “It's been kind of crazy. One of those things that we always deal with is the weather, and it's been super unpredictable here. We were supposed to have finals on Saturday, and then ended up cramming everything into today, which is good because we got a good weather day.”

World Cup leader Chris Corning (USA) defended his lead (1,320) in the standings with his eighth rank finish while his teammate Hailey Langland took over the lead in the women's standings with 1,100 points due to her fourth rank today.

The freestyle snowboard World Cup tour continues on January 22nd with the qualifiers for this season's second halfpipe World Cup event.

Finals are scheduled for January 24th, however, changes due to challenging weather conditions might be possible. Stay tuned by following our social media channels.