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While there was a bit of a let down when it was announced that US star Jamie Anderson would not be competing in finals, the rest of women on hand stepped up with some impressive riding, and none more so than Iwabuchi. Putting down a perfect backside double cork 1080 and a cab double underflip 900, 18-year-old Iwabuchi earned a two-jump score of 170.50 for a dominant victory.

“I’m happy for the two times I got first place in big air this year,” Iwabuchi said before receiving her crystal globe, “I was able to do the tricks I wanted to and this year, and big air competition was so good for me.”

Iwabuchi would finish the big air campaign with 2900 points, but her head and shoulders above the rest of the women’s field, with second overall rider Brooke Voigt of Canada finishing the 2019/20 with 1620 points.

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Second place on the night in Atlanta would go to Iwabuchi’s Japanese teammate Kokomo Muruse, as the 15-year-old scored a World Cup podium in just her second competition to make good on the promise she showed last weekend in Beijing when she qualified in first. Murase put down the exact same jumps as Iwabuchi, but a bobble on the landing in her back double 1080 dropped her two-jump score down to 159.50. 

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The above-mentioned Voigt would earn her second big air World Cup podium of the season, finishing in third place with 143.25 points for a tweaked frontisde 720 melon and backside 720 mute. 

Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) would round out the big air top three season rankings in third place.

Photo: U.S. Ski & Snowboard

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