Spencer O'Brien (CAN) and Roope Tonteri (FIN) clinched the slopestyle World Championships title in Stoneham, Canada, today.
O'Brien secured the first ever FIS Snowboard World Championships Gold to be one by a female Canadian rider on home soil by scoring the day's high of 93.25 points in the first run.
“It's incredible to win the World Championships in my home country. Actually, I never had competed in Canada before. So, it's really cool to win Gold here in front of a home crowd. It's indescribable,” said the new World Champion.
All of her five rivals in the finals weren't able to up her score the 24-years-old had claimed for a backside 540 mute, switch backside 180 indy and frontside 720 lien over the three jump kicker line finishing things off with frontside lipslide and a 50/50 to front 180 out in the jib section.
Sina Candrian (SUI), who had stomped a frontside 360 to frontside 720 lien, backside 360 mute, boardslide and a final 5-0 to frontside 180 out, was the only one to come close with 81.50 points thus earning a well-deserved Silver.
“I'm super happy. It's nice to be on the podium knowing that you have put down a good run,” pointed out the only Swiss in the finals which was only taking place due to a re-scheduling of the event program.
Strong winds had forced organizers yesterday morning to postpone the women's qualifiers to today thus replacing the semi finals.
However, facing blue bird sky and sunshine today, it was the right call as 2010 Olympic Halfpipe Champion Torah Bright (AUS, 77.50),who rounded out the podium as third, explained:
“I'm so happy that officials were happy to put on the qualifiers for us today because it was pretty dangerous yesterday. It all worked out and we got great conditions for the finals.”
Tonteri steals away another Canadian Gold
On the men's side of things, Tonteri, who dropped in as fifth to last rider of the finals, edged off Mark McMorris (CAN, 92.50) from the top spot by earning a total of 93.75 for his stunning run consisting of a cab 1260 indy to frontside 1080 lien, backside 1260 mute, half cab to lipslide and a boardslide to 270 out on the last rail feature.
No wonder, that the runner-up of the last sleopstyle World Cup held in Copper Mtn, CO, last weekend was all smiles:
“I'm really stoked I won the World Champs slopestyle. I just tried my best and put all in. And it just happened that I landed the run. I didn't expect anything special. I just tried my best and wanted to see what comes out.”
As a result of Tonteri's perfect outcome, McMorris, who was the first slopestyle World Cup winner in history, had to settle with Silver.
However, the talent, who will compete in the big air qualifiers tonight in Quebec City just like Tonteri, was OK with the result.
“I was really excited of landing a first run as it was good to get that one out of the way.
Other than that I'm really happy with the way I rode. That's what I come to contests to do, ride the best I can. I'm psyched.”
Janne Korpi (90.75) took home Bronze thus making the first event day of the World Champs in Canada a perfect Finnish one.