Historic wins at Spindleruv Mlyn
Silvia Mittermueller (GER) and Jamie Nicholls (GBR) have claimed victory at this winter's last slopestyle World Cup contest staged at the Audi Snowjam in Spindleruv Mlyn which hosted the season's finale for the second consecutive time in a row.
Mittermueller, a 32-year-old well-experienced shredder claimed her first career title with 78.54 ahead of Katie Ormerod (GBR, 73.55) and local hero Sarka Pancochova (CZE, 67.99) more than 13 years after her so far sole top-3 result on the World Cup tour (Tandadalen, Sweden, December 2012).
In addition, the Munich based rider became the third ever German woman to win a freestyle snowboard World Cup since 1998 Olympic champion Nicola Thost (1997) and Sabine Wehr-Hasler (2000) with the last German win for a female shredder dating back to 2001 (Wehr-Hasler).
As a result, Mittermueller was all smiles after her surprising result: “That's pretty cool. I'm always trying to have fun and ride the best I can. If you can pull that off at the same time whilst also staying healthy, you can't lose; despite all the results. That's an attitude you have to stick to as many things could happen like wrong judging, very high level of riding etc. If you then also win the competition, it's just the icing on the cake.”
Nevertheless, the rider with four world championships starts under her belt, knew why everything came together: “A lot of things played into my hands. It's been the best organised event of the whole season. We had three days of training and a very well-shaped course which takes away a lot of stress and risk.”
In addition, the oldest shredder in the women's field wanted to point out that “I hope we can get to an end with the age discussion sometime. There are so many good old riders out there. It's kind of annoying that sponsors and others don't care that much anymore but you shouldn't let it get too close. Maybe results like mine help with that.”
Nicholls nails it on men's side of things
The men's competition also saw a first as well as an historic result with Jamie Nicholls becoming the first ever British male rider to win a snowboard World Cup event.
The 22-year-old earned a 87.14 for his second run edging off 2016 slopestyle World Cup title winner Chris Corning (USA, 87.13), who finished off his career's first full World Cup season the best possible way, with the tiniest gap possible to the second rank. Nicholls teammate Billy Morgan (GBR, 84.91) rounded out the podium as third.
“Its my first World Cup win, so I'm really happy. I liked the course set-up as I'm more the rail rider, so it did fit me a lot. Also the atmosphere here was nice, the crowd was super loud which I also liked a lot,” Nicholls said.
As Karly Shorr (USA) finished the women's final in fifth position, the Crystal Globe went to 2014 Olympic champion Jamie Anderson (USA) who had skipped today's event.
Full results can be viewed online.