After last week’s FIS World Cup opener with the Big Air in Kreischberg, Austria, Slopestyle and Halfpipe get underway in the Swiss freestyle mecca of Laax. Almost 200 riders from 25 countries have made it out to Switzerland in what’s often dubbed the best comp of the year among riders and fans alike.
All events will be LIVE STREAMED HERE and you can get the full schedule and list of viewing options on the Laax Open website.
Slopestyle Finals Results
Even with conditions dropping off a little, riders still threw down for the finals and threw a couple of upsets into the mix.
In the women’s category, Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL) was clearly in the lead after the first run, ahead of 2-time Olympic champion Jamie Anderson (USA). In the second run, the wind died down and the ladies were able to step things up from their previous runs.
However, none of the women managed to beat Zoi’s score, who went into her second run as the penultimate rider of the finals. As Jamie Anderson was still waiting for her final run, Zoi tried to top her own score from the first run, but failed. Then it was Jamie Anderson’s turn, who bagged the highest score of the day with 84.35 points in the last minute and thus, her 5th LAAX Slopestyle title, which left her almost lost for words: “I’m so happy! In the second run, I decided to risk everything and it paid off. A big thank you to the LAAX hosts and the FIS Snowboard Tour!” Bringing in third place is delighted Australia’s Tess Coady.
“Mattsson is the first Swedish Slopestyle winner in LAAX since Chris Sörman, who claimed victory at the first Open in 2005”
Swede Niklas Mattsson opened the men’s final with a clean, technical run that earned him 84.28 points. This laid the foundation for his first Slopestyle World Cup victory, as none of his competitors were able to knock him off the pedestal and beat his score. Incidentally, Mattsson is the first Swedish Slopestyle winner in LAAX since Chris Sörman, who claimed victory at the first Open in 2005. In second place, Leon Vockensperger (GER) surprised and celebrated his first World Cup podium: “I can’t believe I am standing next to my idols on the podium right now, it‘s incredible.” Norway’s Marcus Kleveland completed the podium in third place.
- Jamie Anderson (USA)
- Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL)
- Tess Coady (AUS)
- Niklas Mattsson (SWE)
- Leon Vockensperger (GER)
- Marcus Kleveland (NOR)