The Semi finals of the Sochi 2014 women’s slopestyle have just wrapped up, with Sarka Pancochova, Sina Candrian, Jenny Jones and Silje Norendal joining the other 8 qualifers in finals later today.
It was another action packed session of slopestyle stunting this morning, as 12 ladies dropped into an overcast course looking to post a score high enough to earn a top 4 spot and secure them a place in finals later today.
The Czech ninja that is Sarka Pancochova whipped out a massive first run that included a solid rail section, a super clean frontside 540, a stylish switch backside 180 and a MASSIVE backside 720. She posted a score of 90.50 to slip into the lead, and managed to stay high and dry at the top for the remainder of the contest.
Swiss frontside 1080 stomper Sina Candrian was also riding incredibly well out on the course with a decent rail section and big, clean kicker tricks. She stomped a tweaked out front 3 indy, a backside 360 sent deep into the landing and a frontside 720 that we wish we had. That run earned her an 84.25
Slopestyle veteran and multiple X Games gold medallist Jenny Jones also put down a sick first run going nigh on stratospheric on every hit. She bossed a cab 540, backside 360 and a huge frontside 360 on her kicker hits to see her in third place.
Rounding out the top 4 riders set to advance to finals was Norse goddess Silje Norendal, who after sketching her first run, got it all together on her second to squeak into 4th place and bump out the US’ Jessika Jenson. We’ll be watching her in finals as after winning the X Games this year, we know she has a lot more to give.
Sadly, Kjersti Buaas, Merika Enne and Christy Prior did not start in today’s finals owing to injury. We wish them all speedy recoveries!
And while that’s the end of the road (to Sochi…) for the other ladies, this morning there were smiles all round with Aimee Fuller (who chucked a huge double backflip but couldn’t quite ride away clean) and Possum Tor being just a couple of riders who were visibly loving every minute, dancing in the finish area, blowing kisses and generally being jovial. It was great to see and every single lady in the semis killed it just to be there.
Be sure to tune in to our live blog kicking off at 10:15 CET for run-by-run coverage of the women’s finals and the chance to have your say on the individual runs, judging and what you just scoffed for breakfast.
Full results here: