Shorr and Corning open the door to the slopestyle title
US riders Karly Shorr and Chris Corning have earned their spots for the season's last slopestyle World Cup finals under a blue bird sky in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic today, being now able to bring home their first career title.
Shorr, who currently sits in second position of the women's slopestyle World Cup ranking with 1,400 points and therefore 600 points behind of her teammate Jamie Anderson who sat out this season's last slopestyle contest, earned a 90.50 for her first qualifier run at the Audi Snowjam which hosts the season's finale for the second consecutive time.
The 21-year-old regular rider therefore led the women's qualifiers with Katie Olmerod (GBR), Jessika Jenson (USA), Silvia Mittermüller (GER), Isabel Derungs (SUI) and local hero Sarka Pancochova also making it to the final of the top-6 ladies.
Nevertheless, Shorr has to place second in the finals at least in order to clinch the title.
Corning vs Eberhardt
While all eyes are on the Michigan native's performance in the women' event, two boys will battle it out on the men's side of things.
However, Chris Corning, the winner of the season's opener in Cardrona, New Zealand is the odds-on favourite to bring home the Crystal Globe after his main rival Brandon Davis (USA, 1,500) didn't made the qualifier cut.
Having accumulated 1,720 points so far Corning's only rival for the title is Max Eberhardt (CAN, 1,110).
But Eberhardt, who was the best qualifier of heat 1 today with a 93.50 would need to win the Snowjam contest in order to put some pressure on his rival from the US who qualified third (89.25) in heat one, right behind of Rowan Coultas (GBR, 89.75).
In case of a win of the Canadian shredder, Corning would need to finish things off in sixth position in tomorrow's finals to defend his lead in the race for the title.
The finals will take place tomorrow at 2 PM CET and will also feature the likes of the top-3 riders form heat 2, Jonas Boesiger (SUI, 95.50), Eric Beauchemin (USA, 90.75) and Jamie Nicholls (GBR, 85.50) while ten more athletes will battle for the last four remaining spots in the semi finals slated to start at 10:30 AM CET.
The finals will be broadcasted live on Eurosport2, Eurosport Asia, Orf Sport+, MCS Extreme and on NBCUniversal.com.