Sunday, March 3, 2024

Killi and Ragettli on top in weather-affected Laax Open

by Matt
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Second place for the men with a score of 76.81 went to the Beijing 2022 slopestyle gold medallist Alex Hall of the USA, whose run began with a transfer front swap pretzel 270, then a switch right 270 on pretzel 450 out with a nosebutter, into a left double cork 1260 mute, switch right double cork 1080 safety, and switch left double cork 1440 Japan through the jumps, and then a switch left 270 Tokyo drift to continuing 450 safety out on the butterbox.

Finally, third place belonged to the aforementioned Ruud, who lead off his run with an incredible left nosebutter 620 on to continuing 270 off on the first rail, into a switch left 270 on to continuing 620 off, and then a right double cork 1440 safety, a left double cork 1620 mute, a switch left double cork 1620 safety, and finally a slide frontside 270 off to nose butter 720 to finish with a score of 75.63.

For the women, Killi’s win via her qualification rankings now gives her back-to-back slopestyle victories so far in the 2022/23 season, after she claimed top spot at the season-opener in Stubai back in November.

“Unfortunately we were a little unlucky with the weather,” Killi said once the official decision had been made to call off the women’s finals, “I’ve been here in Laax before with sunshine and soft conditions and that’s what we were hoping for, but we’re doing an outdoor sport and this is how it has to be sometimes.

“Of course I would like to win in the finals and not just in the qualies, but also we should be able to show out best skiing and we can’t really do that in these conditions. But still, I’m really happy we’ve been able to be part of this week in Laax and I hope they have the freeskiers back again next year.”

Second place behind Killi was Switzerland’s own Sarah Hoefflin, who earned her 14th career World Cup podium, while France’s Tess Ledeux earned her 15th career World Cup top-3 with a third place finish.

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