Rodriguez and Korpi triumph in season's last halfpipe contest
Clark and Lago win Halfpipe World Cup title, Clark and Korpi claim Snowboard Freestyle Overall World Cup title
The final event of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup season went down on Wednesday in Sierra Nevada, Spain, as the men and ladies of halfpipe took to the pipe to duke it out for one last time.
However, the season final's climax turned out to be a historical one as the contest became the longest of the most previous years with Sophie Rodriguez (FRA) and Janne Korpi (FIN) coming out on top.
After the qualifiers had been cut short after only six men had dropped in due to the heavy fog which once again hit the venue, the whole field of 28 women and 28 men was allowed to enter the finals which were luckily able to kick off at 1:45 PM local time when the sky cleared up again.
On the women's side, Rodriguez nailed it with a flawless first run consisting of a bs 900 to fs air, bs 540 mute, air to fakie tail and abck-to-back 720s to finish things off.
Earning 82.50 points she relegated Jiayu Liu (CHN, 78) and Ursina Haller (SUI, 76.75) to second and third respectively and thus secured her career's second after almost a decade of riding.
The last time the 25-years-old was able to win a World Cup was in Kreischberg, Austria, in January 2004.
No wonder, that Rodriguez was all smiles in the finish area: “I'm very happy to be back on the top podium spot after nine years. I was always hoping to win again but never thought it would take that long.”
Check out the video recap of the women's final here!
Korpi kills it
In the men's final, which wrapped up at 5:15 PM, Korpi took his career's tenth with the high score of 91 points for a super clean and high executed fs 720 lien to cab 1080 double cork, stalefish, bs 900 mute, fs 1080 tail and cab 720 mute.
“I'm super happy. To be honest, I didn't came here for the halfpipe but for the slopestyle yesterday. But I didn't do well and was pretty angry with myself on that. I wanted to bring down at least one good run so I went all in today and that paid off,” said Korpi after a long day had finally wrapped up in his favour.
Edging off Ayumu Nedefuji (JPN, 83.75) and Shuhei Sato (JPN, 82.50) to second and third, the flying Finn also claimed the Freestyle Snowboard Overall World Cup title, which on the women's side went to Kelly Clark (USA) who also secured the Halfpipe World Cup tittle.
The Crystal Globe for the men' Halfpipe World Cup title went to Scott Lago (USA) who – just like Clark – didn't compete in Spain.
Check out the video recap of the men's final here!
The FIS Snowboard World Cup continues in about five months when the new season kicks off down under.
In Cardrona, New Zealand, a halfpipe and slopestyle contest will be staged end of August.
Sophie Rodriguez: bs 900 / fs air / bs 540 mute / air to fakie tail / cab 720 / fs 720
Jiayu Liu: bs 540 backside grab / fs 540 lien / method / fs 720 lien / cab 360 indy
Ursina Haller: fs air / bs 540 mute / fs 540 lien / method / fs 720 tail / cab 720
Janne Korpi: fs 720 lien / cab 1080 double cork / stalefish / bs 900 mute / fs 1080 tail / cab 720 mute
Ayumu Nedefuji: method / fs 900 indy / bs 540 mute / fs 1080 / cab 900 lien
Shuhei Sato: fs 1080 tail / cab 1080 mute / fs air / bs 900 tail / fs 900 indy