Schlopy, Segal become first slopestyle World Champions
They were all World Championship rookies today (Feb. 3) as the inaugural skiing slopestyle event was held at the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Park City, Utah. American Alex Schlopy and Australian Anna Segal made history as the discipline’s first gold medalists.
As IOC officials looked on, the world’s best thrill seeking skiers took to the Park City Mountain Resort course to prove their sport belongs on the schedule at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Schlopy, a Park City local, came home hot off of his Big Air win at last weekend’s Winter X Games to made a great argument to earn a trip to Russia. He took the men’s win with a 41.80-point score on his second run of a best-of-two-run format.
Schlopy, who was a gymnast as a child, was joined on the podium by U.S. teammate Sammy Carlson (last weekend’s slopestyle X Games winner) in second,.30 points behind Schlopy. Top qualifier, Australian Russ Henshaw earned the bronze medal with a 41.20-point second run.
“Being able to do well in my home town at a big event like this is the best thing I could ever ask for,” said Schlopy, who laded a huge double cork 1260 of the final jump of the course. “My fist run I was still really tired but my second run was like ‘alright, it’s time to lay it down and not be so sloppy.’”
“This is one of the fastest, most progressive sports out there, people love it,” said Scholpy whose mother Holly Flanders is a two-time Olympian and three-time World Cup downhill winner. “It’s so fun to watch that I think it would be a big hit at the Olympics.”
Norway’s Thomas Dolplands just missed the medals in fourth with 40.60 points.
Segal scored a 43.40-point winning run in her first run and held on for victory.
“It’s definitely a different feeling, the X Games has always been the biggest event in free-skiing so far but this is a new event and it’s more fulfilling in term of representing my country rather that just skiing as an individual,” said Segal of the sport’s Worlds debut. “With this event I really feel a camaraderie with the other freestyle athletes, everyone is here to support each other, so it’s good to have a support base.”
Canadian Kaya Turski, slopestyle X Games gold medalist, kept her medal streak alive with the silver medal today, scoring 41.70 points in her first run. American Keri Herman took the bronze medal, scoring 41,00 points on her second run.
"I stepped up my rails from yesterday," said Herman, who grabbed an X Games silver medal last week after getting into freeskiing in college. "I’m just supper psyched that I stomped a run and it was my best skiing."
World Championship competition continues tomorrow afternoon with men’s and women’s ski cross final and men’s and women’s aerials finals tomorrow night.
Canadian Kim Lamarre just missed the podium in fourth place followed by Americans Devin Logan in fifth and Ashley Battersby in sixth.
|16||52||2526435||HARSHEIM EIDSVOLD Elvis||1991||NOR||35.1||150.00|
|22||18||2527405||JORDAN DAVID Scott||1993||AND||31.1||90.00|
|35||46||2529072||HANNESBO JOERGENSEN Dennis Dyg||1989||DAN||22.3||20.00|
|36||12||2529071||JOERGENSEN Rasmus Dalberg||1988||DAN||22.2||19.70|
|40||9||2526262||BRANDT OLSEN Hans-Jakob||1986||DAN||11.0||0.00|
|Did not start|
|8||16||2529125||SJAASTAD CHRISTIANSEN Tiril||1995||NOR||32.3||320.00|
|18||13||2529128||RUSTEN ANDERSEN Nina||1988||NOR||21.5||130.00|
|Did not start|