Yuuki Kadono wins season's last slopestyle and takes World Cup title
Yuuki Kadono (JPN) has shocked the international field of 107 men from 32 nations by wining the season's last slopestyle event of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup tour which was staged in Sierra Nevada, Spain, today.
The 16-years-old rider from Japan did cope best with the changing weather conditions and impressed the judges with a flawless run consisting of a sw bs 900 mute to double underflip indy 900, cab 12 and bs 12 melon on the four kicker line as well as a halfcab to bs 180 on the butter box, fs boardslide 270 out and a 50-50 fs 360 out to finish things off at the jibbing section.
Kadono thus earned 94 points in his second run of the finals which featured a total of 24 men as the semis had to be cut short due to the weather situation.
“I stomped every trick I wanted to and also nailed back-to-back 12s in my second run. I took it aggressive as I wanted to pass the 90 points mark,” said the young gun after his career'S first which he earned in his third World Cup start.
Maxence Parrot (CAN, 85.50) and Billy Morgan (GBR) rounded out the podium as second and third respectively.
Due to his impressive performance, the shooting star from the land of the rising sun also claimed the Slopestyle World Cup title with 1,400 points ahead of Sven Thorgren (SWE, 1,250) and Torstein Horgmo (NOR, 1,220).
“I really wanted to make it on the podium at these World Cup finals. It's awesome that I won and also took the Globe. I'm very happy,” cheered Kadono after the price giving ceremony.
In contrary, Sven Thorgren, who finished the day in ninth position was a little bit frustrated with his season's outcome.
“Right now it feels a little bit bad coming out second of the season because I had a very bad competition today.
I was really close on first today. I just needed to land one run but I didn't. So it feels kind of bad but still it's also a good feeling being second in the World Cup ranking.”
Check out the video recap of the men's finals here!
One Globe for the men, none for the women
However, at least he had a World Cup ranking finish as on the ladies' side, no Crystal Globe was awarded due to the cancellation of the women's competition in Sierra Nevada.
Like the parallel giant slalom and snowboard cross as well as the slopestyle men the competition was plagued by weather issues.
Warm temperatures plus delays in the men's contest with the finals on hold for 60 minutes due to fog as well as soft snow and upcoming wind in the afternoon had forced the jury to call off the event.
A minimum of three contests are necessary for a valid final World Cup ranking and thus a Crystal Globe in snowboarding.