Europeans dominate slopestyle at Copper Mountain
Pancochova and Sandbech victorious
Freestyle snowboarders from Europe impressively underlined their slopestyle strength in this yea'rs last contest before the turn of the year.
Riders from the Czech Republic, Norway and Switzerland claimed five of the six podium spots in Copper Mountain (USA) with Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Stale Sandbech (NOR) coming out victorious.
In this season's second slopestyle contest with mostly sunny and stable conditions, the 23-year-old Czech secured the high score in the ladies' final of eight with 92.25 relegating Switzerland's Isabel Derungs (81.50) and Elena Koenz (81.25) to second and third, respectively.
“This was the best day so far. Ever since the first training the course has been changing due to the weather. It was hard to figure out a run but I managed to put down a solid run. I'm stoked,” Pancochova said after throwing down a transfer to 180 out, switch noseslide, backside 180 off, switch backside 180, backside 360 and a frontside 540 to finish things off.
It was Pancochova's second career win on the international contest series after triumphing in the halfpipe at Kreischberg (AUT) in January 2010.
“This win is a confidence booster. I knew I can podium but it's good to see that it actually works out in a contest.”
1-2-punch for Norway on men's side of things
In the finals of the top-16 men, Sandbech also put down the hammer in the second run breaking in in the high 90s with 97.00 despite some squally winds. The 20-year-old headed off teammate Torstein Horgmo who seemed to have thrown down the winning run in run one already with 94.75.
However, it was Sandbech who claimed all the glory earning his career's first World Cup win stomping a cab 1260 to backside 1440 and frontside 1080.
“I didn't plan to do the 1440. It just happened due to the speed. I just went for it,” he said.
Shaun White (USA) defended the honour of the high profile US-American slopestyle aces by rounding out the podium as third (90.75) in his first ever slopestyle World Cup.
“It feels great beating Torstein (Horgmo) and Shaun (White). It's something I always wanted to do. It would be nice if we would have some champagne as I would love to spray down on them”, summed up Sandbech.
The next Snowboard Freestyle World Cup will take place in Canada after the Christmas break. Stoneham, Quebec, will host one halfpipe, slopestyle and big air contest from January 16-19, 2014.