Olympic and world champion to lead slopestyle field
Anderson will be going into the competition as the favorite on the 520 metre long course in 'Big Bucks' terrain park. Two years ago, the 24-year-old from South Lake Tahoe claimed one of her so far two World Cup wins and is ready to add another to her belt.
16 year old up-and-comer Onitsuka took the scene by storm last January earning gold at the 2015 World Championships in Kreischberg (AUT). She will be entering her career's second World Cup aiming to keep the momentum from last seasons success.
Anderson and Onitsuka will be competing against a strong field including Big Air World Champion Elena Koenz from Switzerland.
On the men's side, the podium is wide open. Canada have brought their A-team with Big Air World Championship silver medallist Darcy Sharpe and Michael Ciccarelli. From Switzerland Lucien Koch is an odds-on favorite for a podium finish following a string of consistent performances last season. The 19-year-old rising star crowned his career's 17th World Cup start with a win at the season's finals in Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE).
But Koch isn't the only 19-year-old young gun in the field. All eyes will be on Japanese shred machine Yuki Kadono. Kadono is the 2013 Slopestyle World Cup title winner and first to stomp back-to-back 1620's in a competition. With an enormous bag of tricks and unique style Yuki is a formidable opponent.
Thursday, August 20th: Qualifiers men 9:10 AM (NZST) and women 2:08 PM (NZST). Top 10 men and top 6 women will proceed to the finals.
Saturday, August 22nd: Finals begin at 10 AM (NZST). Three runs, best one counts.
Live scoring will be available for the slopestyle competition online.