Li and Korpi clinch season's second Halfpipe World Cup contest in Ruka
Career's first for Chines rider while the Finnish rippers takes his eleventh in icy conditions
Shuang Li (CHN) and Janne Korpi (FIN) have claimed victory in the second halfpipe contest of the FIS Snowboard World Cup season which was staged in Ruka, Finland, today.
Earning 85.75 points for her second run in the women's final of six, the Chinese rider relegated best qualifier Rebecca Sinclair (NZL, 83.75) and Clemence Grimal (FRA, 67.50) to second and third respectively who both thus took home their first podium finishes.
Li on the other hand secured her career's first by throwing down a frontside lien to stalefish, frontside 540, backside 540 and a haakon flip.
A personal highlight which she commented a little bit shy: “The halfpipe was very good, and I'm really happy about my first ever World Cup win.”
Korpi owns Ruka pipe
On the men's side of things, 2013 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup title champion Janne Korpi came out first of the finals of twelve with 89 points winning his career's eleventh.
In once again icy conditions, Korpi started things off with a frontside 1080 to cab double cork 1080, nose grab, backside 900 wrapping his run up with a stylish alley-oop backside rodeo 540.
“It was windy and icy, so it was quite hard to ride - since the half pipe was softer earlier. I was actually surprised that I managed to pull a run that good. I'm really stoked,” he said.
Best qualifier Johann Baisamy (FRA, 85.75) and 2011 Ruka champ Markus Malin (FIN, 85) rounded out the podium as second and third.
The next snowboard freestyle events will take place in Copper Mtn, CO, next week with one halfpipe and one slopestyle contest scheduled from Dec 18 thru 22.