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2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe at Copper Mountain, CO

2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe at Copper Mountain, CO

The 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup has already brought snowboarding fans around the world so many great moments, and the Men’s Halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, CO is no exception to that trend! Click here today to get the results of this awesome halfpipe snowboarding contest!

Introduction

As usual the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup does not disappoint, and the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition taking place at Copper Mountain, Colorado was an event that really pushed the envelope of what is possible in professional halfpipe and park snowboarding. The halfpipe construction present at Copper Mountain for this competition was a towering and well-shaped pipe design, allowing each rider to truly express their outstanding vert snowboarding skills.

The FIS Snowboard World Cup is always dedicated to showcasing international snowboarding talent, and this competition was no exception to that philosophy, with Switzerland experiencing some major wins at this halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain. In fact, the first and second place finishers at this competition both come from Switzerland, making this event a kind of clean sweep for the Swiss.

2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe at Copper Mountain, CO

Additionally, one New Zealand athlete and two American professional snowboarding athletes were able to make it into the top five finalists at this competition at Copper Mountain. As with all the other top tier FIS Snowboard World Cup events, this Men’s Halfpipe contest has a lot to offer each athlete in terms of earning World Cup points. World Cup points are awarded on a heavily scaled system, with the highest ranking finalists of each competition earning the highest point totals down to very low point totals for the lowest ranking finishers.

Roughly the top forty competitors at this 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe contest were all eligible for earning progressive WC point totals, with riders who finished below a rank of 40th not receiving any WC points at all. This was an especially fun professional halfpipe competition for many reasons, but especially due to the fact that fan-favorite pipe snowboarder Louie Vito was able to make a nice comeback and score in the top five at this prestigious event.

Not that Vito has been in any kind of pronounced slump by any means, but he definitely hasn’t been finishing at a terribly high rank in the last few groupings of professional halfpipe, freestyle, or big air competitions in the FIS Snowboard World Cup league. Although Vito looked great finishing fifth, the real glory in this Men’s Halfpipe competition definitely goes to the two Swiss snowboarders who managed to take first and second. For the informational benefit of professional snowboarding fans from all around the world, the official results and final rankings from the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado will be presented below.

1st Place – Patrick Burgener – Switzerland:

Swiss professional snowboarder Patrick Burgener managed to pull off the first place victory at the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado with a staggering array of tricks packed into each run. While sometimes at the big FIS Snowboard World Cup events there are huge point scoring margins between podium finishers, this was not one of those cases. On the contrary, Patrick Burgener’s victory came with an extremely slim margin over the second place runner up, Iouri Podladtchikov, as he only beat him by a total of 0.25 points overall.

This is an exceptionally slim margin of victory for an FIS professional snowboarding event, and Burgener was extremely stoked on his tremendous win at Copper Mountain. As a result of his first place finish at the Copper Men’s Halfpipe event, Swiss snowboarding professional Patrick Burgener was able to bring in a total of 1,000 World Cup points toward his overall ranking totals on the 2016 season. No matter how you slice it, earning 1,000 World Cup points is a major achievement for Burgener and is going to serve as a massive boost to not only his rider morale but also his profile and standings heading into the 2017 segment of the competitive season.

Finishing out the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition in first place, Patrick Burgener managed to earn a total of 96.25 points as a result of the judges’ scoring and their comprehensive evaluation of his performance at the event. Competing with a bib number of two, Patrick Burgener demonstrated tremendous halfpipe snowboarding at this competition, showcasing his trademark buttery smooth flow and fluid transition through the pipe.

It might be a stretch to say Burgener makes it look effortless, since that isn’t exactly true given how difficult his runs were at the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado, but he definitely does exude confidence in his riding which is a major factor in his ability to stomp so many insane landings in each run. Patrick’s air sense while in the halfpipe is essentially second to none, and while watching him ride one gets the sense that he could almost contort or spin his body into any directional and still find his way into the landing zone while maintaining solid balance.

2nd Place – Iouri Podladtchikov – Switzerland:

Making his way into the second place runner up position at the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition held at Copper Mountain, Colorado, the second Swiss rider in the rankings, Iouri Podladtchikov, really managed to put on a hell of a show for the judges and spectators in attendance. It truly was an intense showdown between the two Swiss collaborators and rivals, Patrick Burgener and Iouri Podladtchikov, as they were definitely vying for supremacy during the latter stages of the Men’s Halfpipe contest at Copper.

Given that this was a critical end of season competition for adding World Cup points to comprehensive ranking and point totals, one could cut the competitive tension and intensity with a knife toward the end of this contest. The closeness of the matchup is substantiated by the 0.25 point scoring margin between the first and second place finishers at this competition, and even though Podladtchikov and Burgener both support each other due to their shared Swiss heritage it was plain to see that each competitor wanted that first place victory very badly. Iouri was competing under the bib number of one, and managed to finish out the competition with not only an impressive podium ranking, but a high final scoring total of 96.00 overall.

Iouri Podladtchikov also managed to earn a significant World Cup points award for his second place podium finish, with a total WC points award panning out to 800 points for Iouri. This represents a massive boost to his overall FIS Snowboard World Cup rankings and league standings across multiple competitive categories, and it also gives him a leg up and a head start as the 2017 season is fast approaching. With the dawn of the new season upon us, all the professionals involved in the FIS ranking systems are doing everything they can to wrap up with some solid points additions and in this context Iouri Podladtchikov was quite successful at the Copper Men’s Halfpipe event.

Similar to his Swiss rival and counterpart Patrick Burgener, Iouri’s halfpipe riding style has a lot to do with incorporating smooth flow and transition into the trick lineup, which adds a tremendous amount of polish and professionalism to the overall run progressions he is able to string together. Iouri is without a doubt a major contender to watch as the FIS Snowboard World Cup continues on into 2017, and with these additional 800 World Cup points under his belt he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with as the competitions keep coming.

3rd Place – Chase Josey – United States:

Rounding out the podium and taking third place for himself and on behalf of the United States, professional snowboarder Chase Josey was in rare form at the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado. While Josey was not able to finish with quite as competitive a points margin between himself and the second place runner up finalist as there was between first and second place, he was definitely not far behind either. This is to say that Chase Josey only finished a total of 2.25 points behind the second place runner up, which is a very close margin relative to many other 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s competitive event podiums.

Though it was a slim margin indeed, it was still a solid enough margin that there was no doubt in anyone’s mind who deserved second, and third, respectively. Chase Josey concluded the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition with a final scoring total of 93.75 points all around, which is definitely an impressive final score according to FIS Snowboard World Cup scoring standards. As a direct result of his third place podium finish at the Copper Mountain Men’s Halfpipe competition, Chase Josey was awarded with a fairly hefty World Cup points package. Totaling out at 600 World Cup points, Josey received a critical boost to his FIS World Cup rankings and a major increase in terms of his current competitive profile.

Scoring highly in this kind of competition can mean big new sponsorships, invitations to prestigious snowboarding invitational contests, and many other consequential perks in other areas. Competing under the bib number of three, which was somewhat ironic since Chase was able to take third place, some of his biggest stylistic and riding strengths at this Copper Mountain Men’s Halfpipe competition included the ability to execute huge elliptical spins and complex, cork spinning combinations along with rodeo-based cork spins as well. Chase Josey is a professional that is always willing to throw the more risky and flashy moves from his repertoire, and he definitely didn’t hold anything back at Copper Mountain.

4th Place – Scotty James – New Zealand:

Representing New Zealand quite effectively at the 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado, Scotty James really managed to do a great job at staying consistent and confident throughout the event. He was able to defeat American snowboarding icon Louie Vito by the extremely slim margin of only one single point, which was a major accomplishment in and of itself considering Vito’s exceptional reputation as an extreme, no-holds-barred type of halfpipe snowboarder. Scotty James was definitely in the zone at Copper, and seemed to thrive on the high quality of the halfpipe construction at the event.

Sometimes a relatively poor halfpipe construction, and/or poor weather conditions can make for a pipe setup that is not conducive to exceptional performances. Additionally, if the launch angles are not right on a halfpipe construction, it can become quite dangerous for the competitors involved due to miscalculations concerning launch trajectories. This was not one of those cases however, and the expert pipe design at Copper allowed Scotty James to really thrive in that environment.

Competing with a bib number of four, James was able to finish out his overall competitive performance at this event with a final score of 88.75 points, which was a total of five points behind the third place finisher and podium rounder, Chase Josey. In spite of just barely missing out on a podium placement, Scotty James was still awarded with a hefty World Cup points allocation of 500 WC points in total. Considering that he missed the podium, a 500 WC point allocation is a major reward to bring in, and a major consolation in terms of making up for not quite finishing with a podium rank.

Scotty James definitely has a really laid back style in the halfpipe, which is one of the main reasons he is so much fun to watch since he is able to express a lot of his own personality and identity through his snowboarding. He is basically the antithesis of some of the more stiff, rigid, and technically focused snowboarders in the sense that his style is completely his own, and he always manages to seem comfortable in his own skin no matter what competition he’s in, or what the stakes are. This is certainly one of his biggest strengths as a professional snowboarder in the FIS Snowboard World Cup heading into the 2017 season.

 

 

 

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