On Tuesday, in Oslo Vinterpark at the 2013 Voss/Oslo FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, two new world champions were announced. From the get go in training, it was clear that this was going to be a final to remember, with double corks and massive spins looking like the order of the day.
First up were the ladies, where all 12 qualifiers were looking seriously impressive. However it was Virginie Faivre (SUI) who stood out with her clean style and consistent amplitude, giving her enough of an edge to claim the top spot with a score of 83.6. Anais Caradeux (FRA) certainly impressed with her technicality and wasn’t far behind in second place after hitting a super clean 900. In third was top qualifier Ayana Onozuka (JPN), who was skiing solidly, but just couldn’t quite step it up enough in her final run.
“I’ve over the moon. I’m very happy. And I’m dedicating my victory here tonight to my friend Sarah Burke.” Virginie had to say on her win. “I’m really excited (to be World Champion) and I really hope I make it to Sochi because we never know what can happen. We take lots of risks every day and I just want to go back there next year.”
The men’s competition proved to be very exciting, with the kind of technical proficiency, amplitude and style that you don’t see everyday. Thomas Krief (USA) took an early lead, throwing down probably one of his best ever runs, but Torin Yater-Wallace swiftly squashed his championship hopes three runs later when his storming run was awarded 95.6.
Yater-Walace’s lead though was even shorter lived, as it was David Wise (USA) who stepped into the pipe next and stormed into first, clinched by his right-side double-corked 1260 mute to left-side double-corked 1260 mute combo, crowning him as FIS Freestyle halfpipe World Champion.
“It’s a serious honour (to be called World Champion). That was one of the most exciting finals I’ve ever been a part of. To come out here and have a true World Championships, with all the world’s best, to be standing on the top is a huge honour and I’m so grateful.” says Wise. “I really feel like I’m part of such a cool sport, and to see those guys (Krief and Yater-Wallace) go out there and land their runs, it was just like, ‘Alright, they landed their best, I’m going to go out there and land my best and see how it plays out.”