Maas takes back-to-back win at Stoneham slopestyle while Ciccarelli earns career's first
While the Dutch veteran celebrated a back-to-back win within less than 24 hours after her yesterday's triumph at the Quebec City big air contest, it was a first timer for Ciccarelli.
However, both rode in their own league posting the high scores of 95.00 and 95.50 in their second run on the course built by Steve Petrie which featured a three kicker line and two rail sections to finish things off.
Maas, who had also won the early morning ladies qualifiers which had been postponed from last Thursday due to bad weather conditions, stomped a stunning run of a switch backside 540 tail to frontside 360 indy, backside 720 tail and some butter action to boardslide as well as gap to boardslide in the ladies' finals of the best six qualifiers relegating Jessika Jenson (90.50) to the second rank and bringing home a back-to-back win:
“I'm super stoked. I had a really great time last night at the big air and to come back here in the morning and do well again is just amazing. It's such a good feeling”, Maas said.
US styler Jenson brought home her career's first podium thanks to a strong performance in the third and last run. After she had stomped a cab 540 mute to frontside 360 indy, backside 540 indy, switch tail slide 270 out and switch gap to boardslide Jenson was all smiles:
“I was feeling some pressure falling in my first and second run. But we had three runs. I was pretty nervous and it was like all or nothing, so I just put it on the line and I'm stoked I put it down.”
Yesterday's third of the big air Klaudia Medlova (SVK, 81.75) secured another third-rank finish with the tiny advantage of 0.75 over Anna Gyarmati from Hungary.
In the men's competition, Ciccarelli impressed with his safe and well-executed run consisting of a cab 1260 melon to frontside 1080 melon and backside 1260 melon plus some nice jibbing with a switch backside blunt 270 out and hardway 270 gap to front boardslide on the last down rail.
“I'm so stoked. Darcy's [Sharpe] win yesterday got me motivated. I'm very excited. I'm very proud on my second run”, he said deservedly.
Finish veteran Janne Korpi, who had won a halfpipe and big air World Cup at the Snowboard Jamboree back in 2010, finished in second position with his frontside 1080 melon to backside 1260 mute, cab 1080 indy, cab 270 to frontside boardslide and a half cab to 50-50 frontside 180 out (91.00). However, the 29-year-old goofy rider had tried to improve his score from run 1 to attack the first spot:
“It's been a while that I placed on the podium so it's nice to be back. Well, I landed my run although the first one wasn't the best I could do. When I saw Michael [Ciccarelli] I tried to step it up again but didn't land my last two runs. But I'm happy with my second rank.”
Keita Inamura from Japan became the surprise of the men's finals of the top-10 qualifiers rounding out the podium as third with 88.25.
The FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour continues next weekend with this season's second halfpipe and slopestyle World Cup event at Park City, UT (FEB 25th – MAR 1st).