Over the weekend history repeated itself, with both David Wise and Maddie Bowman putting down winning runs in the US Freeskiing Grand Prix Superpipe in Park City, a mirror image of the top of the superpipe podium at the X Games not so long ago.
Wise earned his podium position with a run that included a 720 reverse mute grab, switch double cork 1080 Japan, right double cork 1260 mute, left double 1260 mute and a lofty alley-oop 540 tail to finish. Again like the X Games, it was Torin Yater-Wallace who closely followed Wise in second place, whereas Frenchman Kevin Rolland mixed up the X Games repeat podium by claiming the third spot, clawing a position up from his fourth place finish in Aspen.
“Under the sun, it’s a lot easier to put down solid runs, and everybody did," said Wise. “It was pretty heated, sitting down at the bottom and to having to hold on to my first run score and watching everyone do some of their best runs of the season, it was pretty nerve wracking. At the same time, that is the exciting part of this sport. I am just stoked and every contest for me is just building momentum into the next competition. I am looking forward to Sochi coming up next."
On the girl's side, Maddie's winning run included a right 900, left 540 mute, straight air mute, left 900 tail, right 720 and switch left 540. She was joined on the podium by Japan’s Ayana Onozuka in second and Virginie Faivre of France in third.
“I was pretty tired coming out of X Games, but this weather brings out the best in everyone," Says Maddie. “I was really excited to ski today and had a great time. I would like to think that showed in my skiing, although I think I could have skied a little bit cleaner… I kind of washed out a little bit on my 9, but I was able to hold it together. My whole family is here and it’s really nice to have their support. Next up we head to Sochi and I am super excited to check out Russia."
Next the FIS World Cup heads to Sochi, Russia for the Olympic halfpipe test event. The Sochi Slopestyle event, that was due to take place later this month has had to postponed due to warm and rainy weather conditions, but it is hoping to be rescheduled for later on in the season.
1. David Wise — 93.8
2. Torin Yater-Wallace — 93.6
3. Kevin Rolland — 93.0
4. Thomas Krief — 91.8
5. Aaron Blunck — 91.4
1. Maddie Bowman — 85.2
2. Ayana Onozuka — 84.4
3. Virginie Faivre — 82.8
4. Anais Caradeux — 82.6
5. Ros Groenewoud — 82.2