Mathilde Gremaud finished off the 2019/20 big air World Cup campaign with a victory in Quebec City (CAN), and on Sunday she picked up right where she left off last season, stomping an impressive left side double cork 1260 safety and a right side rodeo 900 for a two-jump combined score of 178.00 to take her second-straight win in Modena and the ninth podium of her World Cup career.
“It feels so good. It’s sick. We wanted to be at least two (Swiss skiers) on the podium and we did it, so we’re stoked. I wasn’t really expecting to win today, because I kept coming up short on my dub 12 in training, but in finals, I went full speed and managed to put it to my feet. I’m stoked on my skiing today and stoked to end up in first place.”
Joining Mathilde Gremaud on the podium would be a pair of skiers returning to World Cup competition after recovering from injuries suffered last season, with Gremaud’s Swiss teammate Guilia Tanno and Dara Howell of Canada finishing second and third, respectively.
Giulia Tanno suffered a broken ankle back in February, but on Sunday looked no worse for the wear, stomping a switch left 900 safety and a massive left double cork 1080 safety on her final run to earn a combined score of 159.50 for her 10th career World Cup podium.
Giulia Tanno (SUI) - “It’s such a nice feeling to be back on the podium (after injury) and it’s a big reward for all the rehab that I did. I was surprised how well I skied at X Games and I built up some confidence there, and then here I’m back on the podium, so I’m super happy.”
Dara Howell’s road to back to the World Cup was significantly longer than Tanno’s, as the Sochi 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist blew her knee in Cardrona (NZL) last September, making it 14 months since we last saw her on the international competition circuit. Stomping a super-stylish switch bio 1080 mute with her first hit of the competition and then following that up with a switch right 720 safety, Howell showed she is ready to once again take her place amongst the best in the world. Howell’s third-place total score was 151.50.
“It’s a great start to the season for me. I’m 13 months after knee surgery and I’m just coming back with a new ACL and to start the season on the podium is beyond my wildest dreams. I was feeling confident, but not sure how my body would respond. Qualifying in first was great, but landing those two jumps in finals means so much to me. I’m so happy right now.