Natalie Good writes history in Universiade slopestyle contest

Philippe Haenni wins men's comp

21 December 2013 17:02
Women's slopestyle podium at 2013 Trentino Winter Universiade with Somaini in 2nd, Good in 1st and Hoeckel in 3rd
Women's slopestyle podium at 2013 Trentino Winter Universiade with Somaini in 2nd, Good in 1st and Hoeckel in 3rd -
Daniele Mosna

It's been a day of first, especially for the Kiwi team who had travelled all the way across the ditch to compete at the 2013 Winter Universiade staged int Trentino.

At Monte Bondone, Natalie Good not only earned her career's first Gold at a high level event but also the first ever Gold for her home country.

The 23-year-old representing the University of Waikato took the top spot on today's slopestyle podium with a score of 81.25 relegating Carla Somaini (SUI, 78.25) and Caroline Hoeckel (SUI, 74.75) to second and third respectively.

“I’m very happy, I hoped to win but I couldn't guess I was going to win Gold. I don’t know what to say, I can’t really realize it just now. It’s my first Gold medal and first for New Zealand. I’m very proud of me and my riding. I won't ever forget Trentino and this special event,” Good said.

Men's slopestyle podium at 2013 Trentino Winter Universiade with Wandling in 2nd, Haenni in 1st and Imhof in 3rd

 

On the men's side of things, Philippe Haenni (SUI, 86.25) ruled the course with Billy Wandling (USA, 84.75) and Rafael Imhof (SUI, 81.25), who had taken Bronze in the halfpipe a few days earlier already, rounding out the podium as second and third respectively.

“This one is for sure the biggest win of my career so far. I never thought of winning here,” explained Haenni after the final snowboard event of the 2013 Trentino Winter Universiade.

Full results to be viewed online.