Anderson and Guldemond clinch season's first Slopestyle World Cup
US riders dominate Copper Grand Prix
Jamie Anderson (US) and Charles Guldemond (USA) have won the first slopestyle contest of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup season. Facing tough weather conditions at Copper Mountain, CO., due to some fresh snow and changing winds, the two US riders were able to put together the best runs and leave the strong field of competitors behind.
Anderson earned a total of 83 points for her second run which consisted of a backside tailslide on down rail, 50/50 on bus stop, frontside 360 mute, backside 540 mute, backside 180 indy over the big kickers.
The 22-years-old thus celebrated her career's first World Cu win in her second start b relegating Kjersti Buaas (NOR, 74.2) and Isabel Derungs (SUI, 71.5) to the second and third spot respectively.
“I feel really good I was able to put a run down. It was definitely challenging with speed,” said Anderson.
“There were so many amazing girls out here, I'm just thankful that no one got hurt and we all managed to get a run down. We had a lot of fun in the process though.”
However, besides all the fun, strong wind made it pretty tough for the girls to put a run down, especially in the first run of the finals.
“Mother nature had some surprises for us like suddenly wind from this side, then suddenly wind from that side. Those are conditions where you have to listen to your instinct.,” explained Kjersti Buaas, who was happy to come out on the podium after a bruised hip and lower back suffered in a bad training crashed had forced her to take two days off.
Guldemond kills it on the men's side of things
A force itself was Chas Guldemond you not only claimed the top score (92.5) but also the second highest of the day.
At his World Cup debut, the top dog nailed a frontside 270 to frontside boardslide on down rail, blunt to 450 on pole jam, switch backside 720 mute, cab double cork 1260 melon and a backside double cork 1260 mute to finish things off – despite all weather changes.
“I'm pretty stoked. Sometimes, when the bad weather comes out, it's when I ride the best. I grew up in that kind of weather. It's just kind like a warrior going into the battle field,” explained the 25-years-old.
“My mentality was: the first run for the team, for US Snowboarding. The second run was for me to bump up my score. That worked out pretty good.”
Finnish rippers Roope Tonteri (80.2) and Peetu Piiroinen (78.2) rounded out the podium as second and third.
Here are the full results: