Weather wreaked havoc with the programme in Mammoth all week, with a series of storms bringing heavy winds and snowfall and forcing several rounds of rescheduling. However, once Sunday arrived it was blue skies and primed course that greeted the athletes for a full day of qualifications and finals.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic slopestyle silver medallist, Gremaud had three prior slopestyle World Cup podiums to her name before competition in Mammoth, but no victories. That all changed on Sunday, however, as she was able to overcome a huge crash in training to qualify in the top spot before putting down a first run score of 86.65 in the finals that would stand up for her maiden slopestyle win.
Mathilde Gremaud’s winning run began with a clean rail section that was highlighted by a 270 in to switch-up on the second rail feature, a corked 540 off the quarter pipe/tabletop hybrid kicker, a right side 540 safety on the second-to-last jump, and was capped off by a switch left corked 720 high mute on the final jump.
“Today was full of surprises,” Mathilde Gremaud said, “I crashed pretty hard before qualies and I think I broke my thumb…it’s all blue. So I wasn’t too sure about even competing today, but my coach was like, ‘Just go ski, chill and see what happens,’ and I really wanted to ski so I just went for it, and I’m super stoked I did. The course here had really good flow and I really liked it”
Second place on the day went to Norway’s Johanne Killi, who was able to up her game in her second run, landing a switch left 720 safety into a switch rodeo 540 japan over the final 2 jumps on her way to earning a score of 79.15 for her first World Cup podium of the season and the 8th of her career.
Rounding out Sunday’s podium in third place was Canada’s Megan Oldham, as the 17-year-old put down an extremely solid rail section and then went large over the jumps on her way to making it two slopestyle podiums in a row to cap off a hugely-successful inaugural World Cup season.