China’s Cai Xuetong came into competition tied with Switzerland’s Manuela Laura Pesko for the most career halfpipe crystal globe wins with four, but by the end of the day the 25-year-old would stand alone atop the rankings with her fifth career World Cup title trophy in hand after earning her 10th career World Cup win.
Cai’s Xuetong's winning run on Saturday would be her first one, in which she started things off with silky smooth frontside 900 tuck-knee indy, into a backside 540 mute, an air to fakie melon, a cab 720 melon, a frontside 540, and finally finishing things off with a classic backside air, earning her a score of 89.25 that would not be touched.
“Of course, I’m so excited,” Cai Xuetong said with her globe in hand, “It’s good for me, it’s good for my team, and I’m really happy. Conditions during qualifications and training were difficult, but today was really good and I’m happy I was able to land my first run before it got cloudy.”
Second place on the day went to Japan’s Sena Tomita, as the 19-year-old earned her second-straight World Cup podium with a run that included a frontside 900 and 720s both ways to give her a score of 85.25.
Switzerland’s Verena Rohrer rounded out the ladies’ podium in third place with a score of 77.00, a result which would also bump her up to third place on the final World Cup halfpipe rankings for 2018/19 with 2,410 points, leaving her just over 100 points back of second overall finisher Queralt Castellet of Spain and her 2,520 points.