Last weekend’s Leysin Freestyle Open 2019, a highlight of the Swiss freestyle season, was an important milestone especially for the young halfpipe athletes as the events counted as the FIS Halfpipe Junior World Championships 2019. With the halfpipe and the park in fantastic shape, a successful test was also held for next year’s Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, which will be held at the venue.
Japanese snowboarders take double victory
After ending the qualification on rank two, Japan’s Mitsuki Ono took the gold medal in the final with a total of 87.3 points. She was joined on the podium by USA’s Tessa Maud and Leilani Ettel (GER).
Also in the men’s competition, Japan was unbeatable. Two strong final runs had Ruka Hirano (JPN) take the gold medal ahead of his teammate Raio Kuchisubo and Canada’s Shawn Fair.
Britain and USA on top in Freeski
The local crowd was cheering on Swiss 16-year-old talent Michelle Rageth, who only missed by podium narrowly with a fourth rank in the end. Britain’s Constance Brogden claimed the title ahead of Russia’s Iarolsavna Muntian and New Zealand’S Ruby Andrews.
Connor Ladd (USA) was the dominating athlete in the men’s category and took the fold medal ahead of teammates Hunter Carey and Aaron Durlester in a U.S. podium sweep.