Despite a solid start from Thursday’s bronze medallist Hanna Faulhaber (USA), a stylish first run from the consistent Karker and a smooth opener from China’s Kexin Zhang – keen to make up for missing the podium on Thursday – Gu was a class apart.
She began with a right-side 900 Buick grab - a grab variation that none of the other women in the field can boast - and finished things off with a left alley-oop 540 mute, and all of it was near-flawless, as we've come to expect from the 19-year-old.
With only half the skiers able to put down a clean second run in increasingly challenging conditions, the Stanford freshman seemed to be competing against only herself. She switched things up, starting with a right 900 Buick, followed by a left 900 Japan, right 720 opposite tail, and switch left 360 Japan, finishing with an alley-oop flat-spin 540 to increase her lead and set up yet another victory lap. with a score of 93.50.
Knowing they would have to produce something special to overhaul Gu, Rachael Karker, and Kexin Zhang both fell as they tried to push the limits on their final run, having to settle for second and third respectively. With the pressure off, Eileen Gu still managed to end with 91.75, punching the air as she made it two from two in Calgary to move within 60 points of Karker in the World Cup standings.
Rachael Karker's first and best run scored 85.50 and included a right 900 Japan, left 900 Japan, right flair safety, left 720 safety, and switch left 540 safety. Zhang put down a right 720 tail, switch left 540 Japan, switch right 360 Mule, left 720, and switch right 540 tail to score 81.75.
Execution issues from the otherwise impressive Amy Fraser cost her a chance of gatecrashing the podium party, while Svea Irving – younger sister of men’s star Birk – finished fifth.