Medlova and Piiroinen lead strong field in big air finals
Klaudia Medlova (SVK) dealt best with the kicker known for its special characteristics due to the built up of the ramp right between two highways on Îlot Fleurie earning 93.25.
Veteran and third ranked woman of the first ever big air for both genders in Istanbul last December Cheryl Maas (NED) came close with 90.50 while Lia-Mara Boesch, the Swiss surprise of the last world championships finished in third with 77.00.
Also going into the finals of six ladies are with Kristiina Nisula (FIN, 72.50) and local heroes Breanna Stanegland (CAN, 71.75) and Audrey McManiman (CAN, 70.25).
In the men's competition, 2011 big air world title winner Petja Piiroinen took the best qualifier spot in a tight men's contest with 87.75 – just .25 ahead of Darcy Sharpe, silver medallist of the Kreischberg world championships last month.
While Eric Beauchemin (USA) qualified third with 86.00 Roope Tonteri (FIN), who had won the world championships on the same ramp two years ago and successfully kept hold to his title last month was also within streak earning 85.25.
The field of the ten male finalists is completed by Mathias Weissenbacher (AUT, 82.75), Aljosa Krivec (SLO, 80.75), Keita Inamura (JPN, 79.50), Sebbe de Buck (BEL, 77.00), Tyler Nicholson (CAN, 76.00) and Michael Schaerer (SUI, 75.50).
The World Cup continues with the slopestyle qualifiers tomorrow at 10:10 AM EST with the ladies.