Anna Gasser (AUT) makes history with a perfect trick in Big Air in Sierra Nevada 2017
Staale Sandbech (NOR) was crowned World Champion ahead of Chris Corning (USA) and Marcus Kleveland (NOR)
The Austrian rider Anna Gasser became tonight the first woman to score 100 points in official competitions, obtaining an incontestable gold medal in the night Big Air at the Sierra Nevada 2017 World Championships. Her trick, a back side double cork 1080 mute, placed her at the level of a snowboard myth, Shaun White, who scored 100 points in the XGames halfpipe in 2012.
In her third attempt, Gasser, current leader of the World Cup, performed the perfect jump to obtain 100 points. She got the gold medal (89.50+100. 189.0) and gave no chances to her rivals Enni Rukajarvi (FIN 79.50+85.75. 165.25) and Slije Norendal (NOR 85.25+77.50. 162.75). The 16-year-old Zoi Sadowski (NZL 75.00+75.25. 150.25) who was the youngest athlete tonight, was very close to get a second medal in this Championship -she was silver medalist last Thursday in slopestyle-, ahead of two of the favourites: Jessika Jenson (USA 65.00 + 78.00. 143.00) and Laurie Blouin (CAN 31.75 + 92.00. 120.00), reigning World Champion in Snowboard Slopestyle, and who was a disappointment with only a good jump in her second attempt.
Regarding men, Staale Sandbech (NOR), was crowned World Champion ahead of Chris Corning (USA) and Marcus Kleveland (NOR). Northern Europe gathered most of the male finalists. Two Swedish, two Norwegian, two Finnish, an Austrian and a Swiss agains two North Americans, composed the start list of this Big Air night finals. All of them were conscious of Gasser great feat before starting their last round at the Neveros slope in front of 2,000 spectators.
Men performed jumps with up to four rotations in the air. The final victory, which was a surprise since he came from the repechage, was for Staale Sanbech (NOR 92.00 + 96.25. 188.25). He obtained the best score in the third run to confirm the first position ahead of Chris Corning (USA 91.75 + 91.00. 182.75), bronze medalist in snowboard slopestyle in Sierra Nevada 2017, and Marcus Kleveland (NOR 92.75 + 84.50. 177.25). Roope Tonteri (FIN), Big Air World Champion in Kreischberg 2015 ended 4th today with a total score of 169.75. Jarvilehtto (FIN 129.25), Thorgren (SWE 123.7), Farrell (USA 121.00), Boesiger (SUI 110.25), Mattson (SWE 45.50) and Schattschneider (AUT 41.55) closed the World Top 10.
Before the beginning of the finals, a minute of silence was observed because of the decease of Israel Planas, manager of the Spanish snowboardcross team, who passed away today.