Miyabi Onitsuka Leads the Japanese Storm In Secret Garden Slopestyle, China

Miyabi Onitsuka

In the ladies’ event the Japanese duo of Miyabi Onitsuka and Reira Iwabuchi took the top two spots on the day. Despite an early lead from Iwabuchi, it was the top qualifier Onitsuka who stepped things up in her third and final run, cleaning things up on the rails and going for the only 900 in the ladies’ competition, earning a score of 86.20 and first slopestyle victory of the 2018/19 World Cup season.

Reira Iwabuchi

With Onitsuka stepping it up on the last run of the day, Iwabuchi had to settle for a score of 85.21 and second place on the day, while Lucile Lefevre of France rounded-out the ladies’ podium in third with a score of 70.56, earning her first World Cup top-3 seven years after she last stepped onto the podium by winning a the Ruka halfpipe World Cup back in 2011.

Lucile Lefevre