The inaugural World Snowboarding Championships went off in Oslo, Norway, this weekend, with Iouri Podladtchikov and Kelly Clark taking home first for halfpipe, Chas Guldemond and Spencer O'Brien taking the top spots in slopestyle, and Olivier Gittler crowned as best overall rider in the quarterpipe.
I-Pod had this to say about the competition, "I’m super happy that this was such an amazing event. It was so cool to ride. I gave it my best and it worked out. This being the World Championships, it's a sweet, sweet victory."
Read on for all the details on the event and its success:
Chas Guldemond and Spencer O'Brien Are Slopestyle World Champions
The final day of the inaugural WSF and TTR 6Star World Snowboarding Championships played host to an amazing competition where Chas Guldemond (USA) and Spencer O'Brien (CAN) earned their 2012 Slopestyle World Champion titles. Chas and Spencer beat out an amazing group of riders today on the very progressive slopestyle course and were awarded $40,000 USD each for their outstanding riding. Sebastien Toutant (CAN) came in second place for the men followed by Seppe Smits (BEL) in third. On the women's side, Jamie Anderson (USA) took second place and Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) finished in third.
The riders were greeted with sunshine and a perfectly manicured slopestyle course that started off with a three-option handrail, an option of four jibs, a set of two kickers, channel gap, option of two jibs and ended with a huge step-over jump. It was a dramatic final for the men and Chas took the win away from Canadian, Sebastien Toutant, at the very last minute of competition. Chas' winning run was made up of a frontside blunt 270 out, frontside boardslide to 450 out, switch backside 1260, backside 1080, tailpress to backside 180 and ended with a huge Cab 1260. Chas was very excited about the event and his win saying, "It was an amazing day. I'm stoked to win the World Snowboarding Championships. This was the best event I've seen this year and in snowboarding so far."
Canadian, Spencer O'Brien, took the win in the ladies field beating out the tough competition from American Jamie Anderson. Spencer was able to top Jamie's lead with her last run that consisted of a frontside boardslide, noseslide, backside 540, switch backside 540, 50-50 and ended with a large frontside 720. Spencer had this to say about her newly acquired World Champion status, "It feels amazing. It's still sinking in and the idea of being World Champion is so crazy. I'm so happy and so excited and so proud of all the girls."
Iouri Podladtchikov and Kelly Clark Crowned Halfpipe World Champions
The World Snowboarding Championships halfpipe finals went down today at Oslo Winterpark where Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) and Kelly Clark (USA) were officially crowned the 2012 Halfpipe World Champions. After a week of excellent riding in qualification rounds, Iouri and Kelly beat out an international field of very talented riders and were awarded with the Halfpipe World Champion trophy and $40,000 USD for their exemplary performances. On the men’s side, Matt Ladley (USA) finished in a close second place and Louie Vito (USA) ended his week in third. For the women, Queralt Castellet (ESP) came in just one point behind Kelly’s score in second place and Gretchen Bleiler (USA) completed the podium in third.
After sunny weather all week, riders had to deal with less than ideal conditions with some fog and rain but the riding level remained extremely high all afternoon and into the evening. Iouri Podladtchikov won tonight's competition with an impressive run that consisted of a backside double cork 1260 mute, frontside double cork 1080 truck driver, Cab double cork 1080 mute and ended with a frontside 1080 tail. He had this to say about the competition, "I’m super happy that this was such an amazing event. It was so cool to ride. I gave it my best and it worked out. This being the World Championships, it's a sweet, sweet victory."
For the women, Kelly Clark took her 15th straight halfpipe win in a row with a run made up of a frontside air, backside 540 mute, frontside 1080 mute, Cab 720 mute and ended with a frontside inverted 720. Kelly was very happy with her victory tonight saying, “It’s an honor to win the first WSF and TTR Halfpipe World Snowboarding Championships, I’m coming off a pretty incredible winning streak right now and winning this event is really just the icing on the cake.” Commenting on the level of competition, Kelly continued, “The level of women’s riding was absolutely incredible tonight and I think that was the most remarkable part of the contest”
The quarterpipe event went off at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump stadiumand the competition featured a unique format that awarded riders for three different categories: best overall rider, highest air and best trick. Riders were reaching speeds of over 70 km/h on the in-run to the 10.5-meter quaterpipe. It was French rider Oliver Gittler who took the overall victory, Norwegian Kim Rune Hansen won best trick and Terje Haakonsen claimed the highest air of the night.
The contest kicked off with a semi-final round where a field of 20 riders was knocked down to 8 finalists who had five runs with the best three counting towards the overall title. Judges were looking at a combination of amplitude and style and Olivier Gittler’s consistent and large McTwists earned him $30,000 USD for the overall best rider of the night. Norwegian rider, Kim Rune Hansen, took second place overall with some nicely controlled huge backside airs, but impressed the crowd and the judges with his double backside rodeo to take the best trick award and $15,000 USD. And, it was snowboarding legend, Terje Haakonsen, who claimed the $20,000 USD for the lofty 7.7-meter method he threw down on the quarterpipe.
Looking forward for the next WSF and TTR World Snowboarding Championships
The first-ever WSF and TTR World Snowboarding Championships has come to a close and has crowned four new World Champions for the sport of snowboarding in slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines. The Halfpipe World Champions, Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) and Kelly Clark (USA), were crowned last night. With the success of the inaugural event, WSF, TTR and the riders are already looking forward to the next edition slated to take place in 2015.
WSF thanks all the nations for the efforts to make all this happen and looking forward for the next World Snowboarding Championships