High energy in Stoneham for last pre-Olympic slopestyle contest
While a good portion of the top names in slopestyle won't be in attendance at the venue of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships – like the US riders who are currently battling for their team spots at the Grand Prix series in the States, those who are competing will be looking to take advantage of the opening to score last-minute points towards earning a spot at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The qualification period for the Games ends on Sunday, January 19.
However, the big field still features some of the world's finest talents such as Cheryl Mass (NED), Copper Mountain World Cup winner Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Olympic Champion Torah Bright (AUS) and Ms cab double cork 900 Anna Gasser (AUT) on the women's side, just to name a few.
On the men's side of things, Maxence Parrot (CAN), Niklas Mattsson (SWE), 2011 World Champion Seppe Smits (BEL), yesterday's top big air qualifier Mans Hedberg (SWE), Antoine Truchon (CAN), Halldor Helgason (ISL), Simon Gruber (ITA), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR) and Ethan Morgan (GER) are only some of the well-known riders keen to drop in the course which totally differs from the one of the last worlds.
This time, the shaper crew led by Steve Petrie placed the three-kicker line with jumps of increasing size (50 feet to 55 and 61) at the top of the course with the jibbing line at the end.
In the first rail section, riders can chose from a gap to down box or gap to down rail. The second section provides either a 32-feet down rail or down-flat-down. The finals feature to hit will be a down box or down flat.
Here are the start lists for today's qualifiers ran in the double up format which will kick off at 9:40 AM ET (3:40 PM CET) with ladies qualifier heats 1 and 2.