“I’m just so happy to be back on the top of the podium, especially today,” Ledeux said after the awards ceremony, “The comp was amazing, a big battle between Mathilde and me, and a day like today is why I love competition.
“I like to land my biggest trick in the first run. It takes some pressure off me and puts it on everyone else. After that I have two more chances to do another good trick. That’s my strategy.”
With Gremaud taking second place and her fourth straight podium of the 2023/24 season, third place would go to Kirsty Muir (GBR) in what was inarguably the gutsiest performance of the day.
After stomping a left side double cork 1440 cindy in run one for a score of 90.00, Muir crashed heavily in run two and had to be helped from the finish area, with most on site assuming that would be the end of her competition.
However, come time for run three, Muir was there at the top of the drop-in, and she proceeded to put down a right double cork 1080 safety with authority, earning a score of 83.75 for a combined score of 173.75 and third place on the day – her second podium in a row.
Gremaud would maintain her lock on the yellow World Cup leaders bib, with 280 big air World Cup points to Ledeux’s 212.
FOREHAND’S FIRST BIG AIR PODIUM COMES ON HOME SOIL WITH A W
For the men it was Mac Forehand earning his first World Cup win in nearly five years and his first big air World Cup podium, period, with a precision performance, combining his trademark technical prowess with some of the biggest airs of the day to hype the host U.S. crowd.
Forehand lead things off with a switch left triple cork 1620 mute in run one for a score of 88.75, and then followed that up with a left triple cork 1800 mute on run two that would give him a 93.00.
However, come time for run three Forehand found himself outside the podium picture looking in, so he elected to revisit the switch triple, this time taking it to 1800, stomping clean, and riding out to a score of 94.00 on the run and a total of 187.00 that wold withstand all challengers and give him the second World Cup win of his career.