Friday, February 23, 2024

Freeski World Cup season ends with a bang in Silvaplana

by Miles
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“Winning the overall crystal globe means a lot to me,” Killi said following the awards ceremony, “I’ve been working for this every season (of my career). I remember my first season here in Silvaplana in 2015 and I finished third overall, and since then I’ve really wanted to get the win overall. And then one season I finished just one point behind Sarah (Hoefflin). But now it’s finally mine and I can’t wait to bring it home to my parents.

“It’s a pretty heavy trophy…I almost lost it there on the podium when they handed it to me because I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s safe now (laughing).”

Hoefflin would finish the season in second overall on the slopestyle rankings with 280 points, while Ledeux, despite what she perceived to be a sub-par season, finishing third with 205 points.

On the women’s Freeski overall rankings Ledeux and Hoefflin would flip positions, with the French skier ending up with 385 point thanks to a typically strong big air season, and Hoefflin ending up with 340 for the season bronze medal.

TJADER EARNS SECOND CAREER VICTORY NINE YEARS AFTER FIRST, RUUD MATCHES KILLI WITH DOUBLE GLOBE SEASON

Over on the men’s side of things it was Jesper Tjader returning to the scene of his first – and up until Saturday, his only – World Cup win to end the season with second career World Cup victory almost exactly nine years since his he first stood atop the podium in Silvaplana.

After a standout second place finish last week in Tignes, it was clear Tjader has been skiing at his best at the end of 2022/23, and on Saturday he made good on the promise shown in France with a heater of a first run.

Leading things off with a switch 270 on to frontside 450 out on the convex rail, Tjader then went right 450 on to backside 630 out to close on the big red tube, before launching a right double cork 1620 tail on jump one, a outrageously stylish switch left double cork 900 japan bring-back to 720 on jump two, and then a switch right double cork 1620 mute on the big kicker before closing it out in the halfpipe with a left cork 900 safety, riding out to a score of 94.25.

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