Silvaplana delivers once again for Park & Pipe season finale

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Second place would go to Liam Brearley of Canada, who put together the most remarkable rail line of the day with a switch backside 270 on to pretzel out on the first rail, followed by a cab 270 on to 630 melon out on the canon rail, and finished things off in the halfpipe with a super stylish frontside 720 for a score 89.00 and his second career Silvaplana podium.

Rounding out the podium in third place was Sweden’s Sven Thorgren, who was really the only rider to put down a truly exceptional run with his first attempt. With a frontside 1440 tail grab, a backside 1620 melon and a cab 1260 tail grab through the jumps – as well as a classic alley-app 540 nose grab in the pipe – Thorgren would earn a score of 85.00 and his second third-place podium of the season.

While he ended up seventh place on the day, 20-year-old Dusty Henricksen would make it two-for-two in slopestyle crystal globes for the US squad, claiming the first globe of his career with a season that saw him earn one win and two runner-up podiums in four slopestyle starts for a total of 296 points.

“I couldn’t ask for much more,” Henricksen said following the awards, “It was definitely a big goal of mine and I know down the road, looking back this is going to be a super nice trophy to have and it’s a super special moment for myself. I’m kind of speechless. I’m fired up.

“It means a lot to win this riding the way that I want to ride. It’s nice to see judges still appreciate the style aspect of it. It can be tough (to keep it stylish) with all the spins we’ve gotta do, but it’s just the way I like to ride and stoked that the judges mess with it.”

Hasegawa would finish in second on the slopestyle rankings with 186 points, while Valentino Guseli would make some more history in a season in which he has seemed to do so nearly every week, becoming the first rider in FIS Snowboard World Cup history to land on all three of the slopestyle, halfpipe and big air overall podiums in the same season with 165 slopestyle points.

Guseli also become the first rider in FIS World Cup history to land on all podiums in all three events in the same season in 2022/23, and finished the campaign with a big air win, two second-place finishes in halfpipe, and a slopestyle runner-up as well.

The result of all that success, quite obviously, was that Guseli would walk away with the big trophy as the season’s top rider overall, earning what is likely to be his first of many Park & Pipe overall trophies with 440 points.

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