Julia Marino came into the final competition of the season with an unassailable lead on the slopestyle rankings, with the only rider capable of catching her - Reira Iwabuchi of Japan - sitting out the final event of the season due to injury.

On Saturday the 25-year-old Julia Marino showed once again why she’s considered to be one of the best high-stakes riders in snowboarding, stomping an outstanding second run with the pressure on to make it victories in three out of four slopestyle World Cup starts in 2022/23.

Julia Marino leads off her winning run on Saturday with a frontside boardslide 270 out, and then a lipslide pretzel out to finish off the top rail sections, before turning it on in the jumps with a cab double underflip 900 frontside grab, into frontside 720 double grab, and then a massive backside double cork 1080 Weddle grab on jump three, before finishing things off with an ever-stylish frontside air in the halfpipe and riding out to a score of 87.25 and the victory.

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“It’s been a really fun season,” Julia Marino smiled from the finish area, “There’s been a lot going on, but I’m super stoked to come here and finish off the season with this comp. The course here is probably the best course I’ve hit all season, just so much fun. And with the spring weather, being here with all the girls, it’s just a great way to finish off the season.”

Second place on the day for her first podium of the World Cup season went to Australia’s Tess Coady, who held the lead after run one on the strength of her 85.00-scoring first attempt, with her trademark style on full display and heavy jump line that saw her go frontside 900 tail grab, switch backside 900 Weddle, and finally, a backside double cork 1080 Weddle to cap things off on the big third booter.

Rounding out the podium in third place was last season’s Silvaplana winner and top qualifier Anna Gasser of Austria, whose first run included a cab 900 tail grab, frontside 720 Weddle, and a backside double cork 1080 melon to give her a score of 82.25 and a perfect four podiums in four World Cup starts in 2022/23.

Tess Coady Stadler/FIS

Julia Marino would finish with a dominant win on the slopestyle World Cup standings, with her 313 points putting a full 160 ahead of second-overall finisher Miyabi Onitsuka and her 153 points. Third place on the women’s rankings would end up in a rarely seen tie, as Bakuriani 2023 slopestyle World Champion Mia Brookes (GBR) and Reira Iwabuchi (JPN) would both receive the slopestyle bronze medals with 130 points apiece.

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While Julia Marino’s final win of the season would put her as close as possible to the women’s Park & Pipe overall globe, it was a foregone conclusion before Saturday’s completion in Silvaplana that Japanese halfpipe rider Mitsuki Ono would be receiving the big trophy with 360 points. Julia Marino would finish just back with 353, while Iwabuchi would again finish in third place, this time with 322 points.

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