For the opening night here in Tignes, Men's Superpipe qualifications and Women's Superpipe Final was on the program. Here's what went down.
The 8 female pipe riders ended up the action night in style on the perfectly shape half tube. Kelly Clark took the early lead with a clean and technical run noted 87.66 that included a first hit 10 linked with a massive 7 and a Front Rodeo. Definately a run above the rest, already on the first of her 3 runs... Just in front of the young Arielle Gold (only 16) who obviously wasn't too impressed to be here, and landed her run perfectly with two 9s and two 5s, and 83 points.
Before the last of their 3 runs, the standings were as follow: Clark, Gold, Teter, Bleiler, Hight, Schaffrick, Farrington, Hollingsworth. First of the leading girls to drop in, Hannah Teter sends of a marvelous 9 on her first hit... Before landing flat and losing all her speed half way down. She won't improve. Then it's Bleiler; she bails her last hit and doesn't improve either. Same story for Arielle, but she can be proud of herself.
We could feel it coming as the last possible contender for the podium drops in for the last time: Elena Hight. Despite a real good effort - back-to-back 7s and 9s - that sends her at the second place. Sealed! Kelly says hello to the crowd with huge straight airs all the way, and cash a meaty $30.000 check.
Women's Superpipe final standings:
1. Kelly Clark 87.66
2. Elena Hight 85.00
3. Arielle Gold 83.00
4. Hannah Teter 80.66
5. Gretchen Bleiler 64.33
6. Maddy Schaffrick 60.33
7. Kaitlyn Farrington 59.66
8. Ellery Hollingsworth 55.00
On the men's side, the elimination round went down just before the women's final, and no big surprised happened to the favorites, except maybe for Markus Malin who took an early way out. Iouri Podladtchikov was also pretty close to the exit before pulling the 3rd best run of the night including a Crippler Nose, back 9 and Cab double. Vito was leading the bunch from the start with a realy impressive run including a Crippler Dub. The local crowd will be supporting a Frenchie in final, Arthur Longo, who was clean and high all the way, even on his double. On an overall impression, we didn't see any breathtaking run but hey, it was qualis, right? And the crowd loved it, tomorrow will be a great show for sure.
So here are the riders qualified for the Superpipe final tomorrow (Thursday) at 6.pm CET.
1. Louie Vito
2. Scotty Lago
3. Iouri Podladtchikov
4. Christian Haller
5. Luke Mitrani
6. Arthur Longo
7. Peetu Piiroinen
8. Benji Farrow
The rest of the program:
Thursday, 21st March 2013
- 10:30 am – noon: Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle eliminations
- 1:00 – 2:15 pm: Men’s Ski Slopestyle final
- 3:00 pm: Women’s Ski Slopestyle final
- 6:30 – 7:45 pm: Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe final
- 8:30 – 10 pm: Men’s Ski Ski SuperPipe eliminations
Friday, 22nd March 2013
- 10:30 am – noon: Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle final
- 1:00 – 2:15 pm: Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final
- 6:30 – 7:45: Men’s Ski SuperPipe final
- 8:30 – 9:45 pm: Women’s Ski SuperPipe final
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