Coming into this week’s competition in Tignes it was Norway’s Johanne Killi who had run the table thus far in the women’s slopestyle season, taking wins in all three of the World Cups leading up to the penultimate stop this week. And while it was looking after the run one like the 25-year-old might keep her streak of perfection going, it was the reigning Olympic and World Championships gold medallist Gremaud who had other plans for the podium.
Gremaud started off her winning run on the top two jumps with a switch left 540 Japan followed by a right rodeo 900 safety, before heading into the rails where she stomped a switch right tails 270 to forward, then a Frontswap transfer continuing 270, and finally a frontside 450 on the big tube, then capping it all off with a big, super clean left double cork 1080 safety on the final hit.
While Gremaud has been outstanding on the biggest stages in freeskiing over the past few seasons - as her Olympic and World Championships golds can attest to - somehow Saturday’s victory was her first slopestyle World Cup win in almost exactly four years. Once the scores were all in and the dust had settled she was suitably hyped about the result.
“It’s so good to get this win,” Gremaud smiled from the finish area, “I came here kind of low energy and I was a little scared on the first day of training, not feeling that great, and I haven’t actually won a slopestyle World Cup in four years, so I’m super excited that it worked out today.”
Second place went to the aforementioned Killi, who put together a ridiculously smooth first run but unfortunately crashed trying to up the difficulty in attempt number two. Still, with a slick right slide k-fed on the down-flat-down and a buttery smooth left 900 blunt on the final jump, Killi would earn a score of 95.25 for her fourth slopestyle podium of the season, locking up the women’s slopestyle crystal globe with one event still to go in the process.
Third place for the women went to Canada’s Megan Oldham, as her breakout 2022/23 season just keeps on giving. Oldham set the tone of the competition with the first run to hit the 90s. With a 900 to 900 combo on the first two jumps - right 900 with a tickled tail grab on the first to switch left 900 safety on the second - and a left double cork 1080 mute on the final hit, Oldham would earn a score of 90.00 points exactly and her second podium of the season.