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2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air: Alpensia, South Korea

2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air

These ladies can seriously rip! Click here today to find out everything you need to know about the exciting conclusion of the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Ladies’ Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort in South Korea!

Hosted at the famous Alpensia Resort in South Korea, the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition was a smashing success and showcased some of the foremost talent in women’s professional freestyle snowboarding today. Beginning on the 26th of November, 2016, this women’s big air competition was quite an important event within the context of the World Cup rankings of each respective competitor participating in this contest. The winner and podium finishers that are left at the conclusion of the event have a large say in terms of determining what the final women’s Snowboarding World Cup rankings are going to be as we approach the outset of the 2017 freestyle snowboarding season.

2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air: Alpensia Resort, South Korea

World Cup points are awarded on a graduated basis, with the first place winner receiving the highest point value, and each successive competitor after that also receive WC (World Cup) points but at a much lower rate than the winner and podium finalists. While the Snowboarding World Cup is definitely a very international organization in nature, this was an interesting event in terms of scoring and final rankings being largely relegated to one specific nation over a broader range of nations.

In the case of the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air event at the Alpensia Resort in South Korea, three out of the top five finalists at the conclusion of the competition turned out to be American freestyle snowboarders that reside in the United States for much of the year. This might not seem like a major development, but in a World Cup environment that is typically dominated by European competitors it is interesting to see the Americans doing so well heading into 2017. Though in spite of the Americans doing well in the top five finalists in the Women’s Big Air at Alpensia event, it was actually a female Austrian professional freestyle snowboarder that would sweep the competition for the win.

This definitely turned out to be one of the more exciting events to transpire along the course of the women’s Snowboard World Cup progression in 2016, and a lot of that excitement admittedly came from the first place winner Anna Gasser and her spectacular performance at the competition. To benefit freestyle snowboarding fans and enthusiasts all over the world, some of the finer details and final rankings of the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort in South Korea will now be provided here.

1st Place – Anna Gasser – Austria:

Snowboarding out of Austria, Anna Gasser proved to everyone in attendance at the Big Air event at Alpensia Resort why she is one of the most elite and polished female professional freestyle snowboarders on the planet today. Storming the first place position by absolute force of will, Anna Gasser was supremely victorious at the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air contest at Alpensia. It is quite rare at this level of competition for a professional to so dramatically outperform their opponents, but believe it or not, Anna Gasser was able to defeat the second place runner up competitor by a staggering margin of over twenty-three entire points! This is likely an unprecedented event, at least in the recent history of women’s Snowboard World Cup competitive events, and is a serious testament to the dominant abilities possessed by Anna Gasser.

Anna Gasser - 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air: Alpensia Resort, South Korea

Growing up and training in the mountains of Austria conditioned Gasser for a life of professional snowboarding, and the Big Air competition at Alpensia was the perfect place for her to showcase her most impressive tricks that she has been working on and honing to near flawlessness for years now. Anna was competing with the bib number of one, which was also coincidentally her ranking at the conclusion of the competition. Her final scoring total at the end of the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition came out to be 180.75 points, which is among the highest big air scores in the history of Snowboarding World Cup big air contests.

Because of her commanding victory at Alpensia Resort, Anna Gasser was able to earn the largest available World Cup points allocation that anyone could win at this event, and that happened to be a total of one-thousand World Cup points. Receiving a thousand World Cup points served as a massive boost to Anna Gasser’s already strong WC rankings, and further solidified her position as a dominating force in women’s professional freestyle snowboarding. Her unbelievably precise control on approaches, her broadly varying and diverse trick repertoire, and ability to track her landings to near perfection all add up to making Anna Gasser one of the best female pros in snowboarding today.

2nd Place – Julia Marino – United States:

Earning the second place runner up position in the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort in South Korea was American snowboarder Julia Marino. Her impeccable style and trick selection helped to propel her into the second place spot at the event, and the second place position she earned allowed her to gain a massive addition of World Cup points to her overall season totals. Alpensia Resort in South Korea seemed to suit Julia Marino’s riding style quite well, and the excellent ramp conditions for the competition allowed her to fully express the tricks she wanted to throw during the contest.

Although she was beaten by a huge and almost record-setting win margin by the champion, Austrian professional freestyle snowboarder Anna Gasser, Julia Marino held on to her second place runner up finish by quite a small margin indeed. Marino’s final scoring total at the conclusion of the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort came out to be 157.00 points overall. With her second place finish she was able to earn a total of 800 World Cup point, putting her into an advantageous position with regard to the current Cup rankings heading into 2017.

Julia Marino - 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air: Alpensia Resort, South Korea

The showdown between second place finisher Julia Marino and third place podium finisher Katie Ormerod was one of the most exciting parts of the entire competition at Alpensia, mainly due to the fact that these two competitors were so evenly matched and almost tied each other in terms of scoring. Marino’s 157.00 point final score only beat out the third place finisher’s scoring by a quarter of one point! That kind of victory margin is about as tight as it gets, and in this way it was certainly a nail-biting finish as these two competitors finished out their runs.

Competing with the bib number of nine, Julia Marino had a broad arrangement of eclectic tricks and maneuvers with perhaps her best trick at the event being a switch doublecork mute, which she was able to combine with some elliptical spins at the same time. That was a really impressive combo she was able to execute successfully, and likely had a major role to play in terms of her slim margin of victory over the third place contender. With the momentum Julia Marino was able to generate out of her second place finish at Alpensia, we should be expecting more outstanding performances from her if she keeps this up heading into 2017.

Julia Marino - 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air: Alpensia Resort, South Korea

3rd Place – Katie Ormerod – United Kingdom:

Hailing from the United Kingdom, female professional freestyle snowboarder Katie Ormerod was able to take home the third place finish and round off the podium at the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort in South Korea. Riding with the bib number of four, Katie Ormerod put on quite a show for the judges and spectators at Alpensia Resort, although it wasn’t enough to allow her to beat out Julia Marino for second place. Although finishing in third place and making it onto the podium at such a high profile competition is a great development for Ormerod’s career, the fact that she missed second place by a quarter of one point is definitely something that is likely quite frustrating.

In spite of just barely missing the second place runner-up finish, Katie Ormerod was still able to add some serious World Cup points to her current season total. At the conclusion of the competition, Katie’s third place finish ended up awarding her a combined value of 600 World Cup points overall. The addition of 600 WC points to her overall season total is a much-needed ranking boost for Katie, and in this was her third place finish was very valuable to her season standings. Katie Ormerod finished out the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort, South Korea with a final scoring total of 156.75 points overall, which beat out her fourth place challenger by a healthy margin of over five whole points.

Even though Ormerod appeared to falter ever so slightly on a few of her landings, she never had any real falls or failures that would have tanked her scoring a lot more than it already was. Her faltering on a couple landings was likely the result of throwing a little bit too hard off the lip of the jump, and since the jump setup at Alpensia was not exactly the most conventional design it is understandable that it took her a bit of adjustment to get truly comfortable on that setup. With this significant boost to her overall 2016 World Cup rankings in the books, Katie Ormerod is definitely well positioned as we approach the outset of the 2017 freestyle snowboarding season.

4th Place – Hailey Langland – United States:

Another United States competitor in the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air contest at Alpensia Resort in South Korea, Hailey Langland was able to pull out the fourth place finish over the remaining field of almost thirty additional competitors. Even though she barely missed out on a podium finish at this event, ending up in the top five contenders out of a field of more than thirty professional women’s freestyle snowboarders is definitely an accomplishment by itself. Notions of accomplishment aside, Hailey Langland was able to significantly advance her current 2016 Snowboard World Cup standings as a result of her fourth place finish.

Hailey Lnagland - 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air: Alpensia Resort, South Korea

Fourth place at Alpensia meant an added total of 500 World Cup points, which serves as a much needed boost to Langland’s rankings moving into the 2017 competitive season. Competing with the bib number of three, Hailey Langland was able to conclude her performance at the Alpensia Resort Women’s Big Air competition with a final scoring total of 150.75 points overall. This was a high scoring event for Hailey, and she certainly appeared to be quite comfortable with the big air facilities prepared at Alpensia Resort.

Stylistically speaking, Hailey Langland exhibited something of a conservative approach near the beginning of the competition as she sort of surveyed the playing field and got an idea of what her competition was going to be trying out in this big air format. As the contest progressed and really got underway, Langland started throwing bigger and bigger tricks, and towards the end of the contest she was barely even checking her speed as she approached the lip of the big air jump.

Some of her last jumps of the event involved some of the longest hangtime of any athlete in the entire contest, and her ability to go big toward the end of the contest is likely what bumped her scoring up a bit and allowed her to confidently finish out in fourth place. Representing America quite well in the 2016 Snowboard World Cup Women’s Big Air competition at Alpensia Resort in South Korea, Hailey Langland is now in a fantastic position to compete in the 2017 season, and it is likely that she will be one of the major female pro contenders in the next freestyle snowboarding season.

 

 

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