Sadowski Synnott and Corning victorious in slopestyle World Cup finale
Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL) and Chris Corning (USA) have triumphed in the 2016-17 season's slopestyle World Cup finale which was staged at the Snowjam.cz in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic today.
Just like in the last year's, Local Organisers led by former World Cup halfpipe rider Martin Czernik had put together a creative slopestyle course which not only attracted a strong and deep field but also a few thousands spectators who were roaring for each and every athlete dropping in.
And being supported by the stellar crowd riders were throwing down with the men stomping triple 1440 in succession over the single but pretty decent kicker and the girls also going big.
One of them was this season's breakthrough athlete Zoi Sadowski Synnott.
The last of the top-6 women finalists to drop in scored a 87.35 in her final run – which actually was a victory lap – to edge off Spencer O'Brien (CAN; 81.22) and last year's winner Silvia Mittermueller (GER, 73.40) to the respective second and third rank bringing home her career's first win.
The 16-year-old teenage slopestyle sensation threw down a half cab to 50-50 to backside 180 out, cab 180, 50-50 to backside 360, 50-50 to frontside 360, lipslide and a huge double wildcat indy therefore becoming the third Kiwi in history since Juliane Bray (Sapporo, 2001) and Christy Prior (Stoneham, 2014) to win a snowboard World Cup event.
With her second Word Cup podium in her first full season in the bags, Sadowski Synnott is now definitely one of the favourites to watch out for at next week's junior worlds staged on the very same venue:
“My last run was the best, I felt so comfortable. I liked the first part of the track – the rails. It was a great week here, and I'm really looking forward to the junior world,” the Sierra Nevada 2017 slopestyle Silver medallist said.
Over in the men's event, Corning topped the men's podium with a score of 92.34 earned for a half cab 50-50 backside 360 out, backside rodeo 720 nose, frontside 180 to 50-50 switch backside 360 off, 270 on 450 out, frontside 270 on and a massive backside triple cork 1440 melon to finish things off in his second run of the three run, best one count final which featured the best 10 men of the qualifiers and semis.
The men's podium at Spindleruv Mlyn
The 17-year-old therefore secured his career's second ahead of Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR; 87.20) and defending Snowjam.cz champion Jamie Nicholls (GBR; 86.40).
Seventh ranked Redmond Gerard (USA; 72.22) claimed his first ever slopestyle World Cup title with 2,460 points ahead of Nicholls (2,040).
In the women's event, Jamie Anderson who sat out the grand finale in the Czech Republic took her career's fourth while Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mark McMorris (CAN), both also been absent from competition, had already secured the overall snowboard freestyle World Cup title prior to the final stop of the long season.
Full results of this season's final slopestyle World Cup staged at Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic can be viewed online.