Isabel Derungs and Anna Gasser impress in ladies' slopestyle qualifiers
Only a few hours after Billy Morgan (GBR) became the first ever male snowboarder to compete in an Olympic slopestyle event, his fellow country woman Jenny Jones was the first female to get things started at the ladies' slopestyle qualifiers staged at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park today.
But the British styler couldn't capitalize on this honour role missing out an automatic final spot as fifth.
Instead, the top 4 ranks of heat 1 were taken by veteran Isabel Derungs (SUI) who had an impressive run including a switch back 5, back 7 and a back rodeo and three other top guns.
Torah Bright (AUS), the reigning Olympic Halfpipe Champion, also earned herself her ticket to the Sunday finals with a stylish run of gap to 50/50, 50/50 front 1 out, switch 50/50 to straight air, switch back 180, back 3 indy and a big frontside 3.
2013 and 2011 FIS Snowboard World Champions Spencer O'Brien (CAN) and Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) took third and fourth.
In the second heat, it was Austria's shred machine Anna Gasser who nailed it on the kicker line with a enormous cab underflip, frontside 720 and a final back 3 thus earning 95.5, the best score of the ladies' qualifiers.
Jamie Anderson (USA) underlined her claim to Gold with gap to noseslide, 50/50 180 out, 50/50 bs 1 off canon, switch back 5, bs 5 and a cab 5 to finish things off – literally as she didn't take a second run.
Elena Koenz (SUI) and Karly Shorr (USA) also made it straight to the finals (Sunday, Feb 9, 10:15 AM CET) as third and fourth.
As a result, the semis which will take place Sunday morning (7:30 AM CET) will feature top riders like Cheryl Maas (NED), Jenny Jones, Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Silje Nordendal (NOR), Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Sina Candrian (SUI).
Here are the full results.