The women’s finals field was reduced from six to five after Norway’s Johanne Killi suffered an injury in training leading up to the start of the competition, and after the first of three runs it was looking like top qualifier Tess Ledeux (FRA) would be leaving the other four girls to simply battle it out for the second place. Tess Ledeux’s massive first-hit left double 1260 mute earned her a score of 91.80 to put her more than 8 points up on her next closest competitor.

However, a three-run final leaves lots of room for movement on the leaderboard, and Tess Ledeux’s early lead was shrunk significantly after Giulia Tanno stomped a clean switch left 1080 tail grab on her second run and Tess Ledeux put down a somewhat shaky switch left 1080 double Japan.

Giulia Tanno © Chad Buchholz

Giulia Tanno then took things up another level on her final run of the evening, landing an exceptional left double cork 1080 safety that earned her a score of 88.00 and bumped her into the lead, putting the pressure on Tess Ledeux who was set to drop as the last competitor of the women’s competition.

Unfortunately for 19-year-old Tess Ledeux, she would not be able to rise to the occasion this time, falling on her final attempt of the evening and handing the win to the 2019/20 big air crystal globe winner Tanno. For Giulia Tanno the win was her first big air victory in over three years, as she had claimed last season’s big air crystal globe on the strength of three runner-up finishes but no wins.

Tess Ledeux © Chad Buchholz

“It feels really good,” Tanno said just after realizing that her 173.40 points would be enough for the win, “I was second so much last year, which was nice, but it was like…I just wanted to win for once. Tonight I was almost done with the competition, in my head. Tess was skiing so good and I didn’t think that I could beat her, so for the last trick I just tried to do the best I could do for myself. I said to my coach at the top ‘I’m going to do the best double 10 that I can do.’ And that’s what I did, and it ended up working up for me. I really didn’t expect to take the win, but I’m happy that I did.”

Kelly Sildaru © Chad Buchholz

While an emotional Tess Ledeux would have to settle for second place with a score of 172.40 - just one point behind Giulia Tanno - the third place would go to the Estonian phenom Kelly Sildaru, who skied an amazingly consistent competition from start to finish of her big air World Cup debut and ended up with a score of 160.60.

© Chad Buchholz