On the Snow: Crystal Globes in Ski Jumping, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard

Following the last weekend in Ski Jumping, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard, the final crystal globes have been awarded and the FIS World Cup season 2016/17 has successfully concluded in all disciplines.

Ski Jumping

Stefan Kraft (AUT) won the first of three Ski Flying events on the final weekend of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann in Planica (SLO). With jumps of 243 m and 240.5 m (490.2 points), the 23-year-old Austrian took a clear win ahead of two Germans, Andreas Wellinger and Markus Eisenbichler.

The team of Norway, with Robert Johansson, Johann Andre Forfang, Anders Fannemel and Andreas Stjernen, then won the final team competition of the 2016/17 season on Saturday with 1551.6 points. In a breath-taking competition the Norwegians came in ahead of Germany (1502.6 points) and Poland (1493.8 points). The 25,000 enthusiastic fans also saw a new amazing hill record of 251.5 m, set by Kamil Stoch (POL).

On Sunday, Kraft crowned his outstanding season and fittingly won the final competition of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup 2016/17. He also claimed the overall World Cup title as well as the Ski Flying World Cup title. The second and third place in the great finale on the Letalnica Ski Flying hill went to Wellinger and Noriaki Kasai (JPN).

Freestyle Skiing

The 2016/17 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup season concluded last weekend with back-to-back big air competitions in Myrkdalen (NOR).

Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) took the win in both ladies’ contests on her way to claiming the first-ever FIS Freestyle ladies’ big air crystal globe, while the men’s wins were split between Christian Nummedal on Friday and Birk Ruud (both NOR) on Saturday.

Henrik Harlaut (SWE) claimed the men’s big air crystal globe.

Snowboard

Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL) and Chris Corning (USA) triumphed in the 2016/17 season's slopestyle FIS Snowboard World Cup finale which was staged at the Snowjam in Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE) on Saturday.

Just like last year, local Organisers, led by former World Cup halfpipe rider Martin Czernik, put together a creative slopestyle course which not only attracted a strong and deep field but also a few thousand enthusiastic spectators.

Meanwhile in Veysonnaz (SUI), 2014 Olympic Champions, Eva Samkova (CZE) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) claimed the 2016/17 FIS Snowboard World Cup snowboard cross titles after holding their main rivals for the crystal globe at bay in the tour's final races.

Vaultier brought home his  20th career win ahead of Alex Deibold (USA) and Alex Pullin (AUS), securing his fifth snowboard cross World Cup title.

Among the ladies, thanks to a good start, Eva Samkova led the pack all the way down to the last left turn where she got passed by Charlotte Bankes (FRA) who earned her second career win. Samkova took the runner’s up place ahead of Michela Moioli (ITA) which was enough for the crystal globe with a total of 5,170 points.

On Sunday, Team Italy’s ladies with Raffaella Brutto and Michela Moioli, as well as Team Austria’s men with Alessandro Haemmerle and Markus Schairer, claimed victories in the final snowboard cross team event of the season.

Wicki and Cho halfpipe Junior World Championships

At the recent FIS Snowboard halfpipe Junior World Championships in Laax (SUI), home favourite Berenice Wicki and South Korea's Hyeon-Min Cho were crowned Junior World Championships.

Wicki landed a backside air to frontside air, backside tail, frontside 360 indy, cab 360 melon, frontside 540 indy whilst finishing things off with a backside indy to walk away with gold.

In the men’s event, Cho – just 14 years of age – showcased that the future of Korean halfpipe riding looks bright by stomping a backside 540 mute,to frontside 1080 tail, haakon flip, frontside double cork 1080 indy, cab 1080 nose and a final frontside 900 tail.