Halfpipe finals on Saturday finish night competitions in Sierra Nevada 2017
Veteran Mike Riddle (CAN), who won the World Cup here in 2013, obtained the highest score in yesterday's qualification
- Reigning silver medalist in Sochi 2014 Martinod (FRA), confirmed all predictions and qualified with the best score.
Halfpipe (FS) finals on Saturday night at 8.00 PM will be the last night discipline in Sierra Nevada FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships 2017. A final with a lot of spectators in one of the most spectacular competition venues.
The best six women and ten men are participating in the final, after yesterday evening's qualification, in which all riders had two runs on the pipe. As for the ladies, the main favourite Marie Martinod (FRA), confirmed all predictions obtaining 90.60 points for the first position.
The current olympic runner-up has obtained 7 podiums in the World Cup races, including 4 victories. Ayana Onozuka (JPN, 88.60) was second. Onozuka was bronze medalist in Sochi and counts 3 podiums in the World Cup this year.
Cassie Sharpe (CAN) was the big surprise in this qualification. The silver medalist in 2015 had won the last World Cup race. Sharpe could not finish any of her runs, ending in the last position of yesterday's qualification.
On the men's side, the veteran Mike Riddle (CAN), scored 94.60 points. Riddle had already won the World Cup race in Sierra Nevada in 2013, although he is not one of the favourites for this World Championship. His second run yesterday was spectacular and got him through to the final alongside the best 9 riders.
The top favourite for the gold medal, Kevin Rolland (FRA), was also qualified for the final, which was his main goal yesterday, in a modest 7th position. Surely he will take further risks tomorrow to become World Champion. Rolland was bronze medallist in Sochi and has won six times in the World Cup. He was World Champion in 2009, bronze medalist in 2011 and won the X Games title in 2016.