“Winning three in a row, yeah, it’s crazy, and with the week I had, it was super challenging,” said Gremaud after her win, “But getting to ski a finals on a day like today, it’s just amazing. It feels unreal. I’m feeling like I’m in the right place and I’m super happy with today’s results.”
Robbed of what would have been her first World Cup win by Gremaud’s third run heroics was Great Britain’s Kirsty Muir, as the 19-year-old put down a right double cork 1080 safety in run one and a left double cork 1440 cindy in run two for a two jump score of 167.25 and third World Cup podium of her career.
Rounding out the podium was the reigning big air Junior World Champion Flora Tabanelli of Italy, who earned the first podium of her very young World Cup career, nabbing third place in her third World Cup start with a two jump score of 160.75 for her left double cork 1260 safety on run two and her switch left bio 900 mute on run three.
STYLE AND TECHNIQUE SEAL THE DEAL FOR HALL
For the men it was Alex Hall finishing off what had been an extremely interesting week of skiing by doing what he does best, lacing together his trademark combination of technical mindbendery and silky smooth style to earn his first World Cup big air win in nearly four years.
The men’s qualifications on Thursday saw the type of trick variety that many in the freeski world have been clamouring for in recent years, with a wide range of butters, bring-backs, and Tokyo drifts often garnering scores equal or better than some of the 1800s that have become the outrageous standard on the contest circuit.
Luckily for Alex Hall, he pretty much wrote the book on the that type of thing, and on Saturday afternoon he put his powers on full display.
Run one was a heater, with A-Hall stomping a right double 1080 bring-back to 900 safety for a 91.75 and the early lead into run two.
In run two he stepped it up a notch, putting together a switch left tailbutter double cork 1440 opposite Japan that, though it scored slightly less than his first hit, would still put him into the 90s with a 90.25 and would give him a score of 182.00 and a strong lead heading into the third and final run.