Sarah Hoefflin came into competition fresh off a two-medal performance at the X Games in Aspen, and while she struggled somewhat through training and qualifications - where she finished sixth of the eight riders through to finals - come time for Friday's finals she was dialed in and ready to push the envelope.
Already one of the world’s best rail riders, Sarah Hoefflin upped the ante on Friday, putting down what she herself described as the best rail line of her life - a statement about which the judges seemed to agree.
Starting out with a switch lipslide continuing 270 out, Hoefflin then dropped one of the best tricks of the day anywhere on the course with her left 450 gap to down rail, coming out switch, before finishing things off with a switch right-side slide pretzel 270 out.
Through the jumps Sarah Hoefflin then stomped a right 540 mute, a switch left 720 safety, and a switch right 720 safety to finish things off, earning herself a score of 87.18 and the third World Cup win of her career.
“It’s so cool,” Sarah Hoefflin smiled from the finish area, “I can’t even tell you how happy I am about this. The weather was beautiful today after it wasn’t so good during training, and it was just a wonderful, perfect day for me.
Second place with a score 83.53 was to Isabel Atkin (GBR), whose first run of the two-run final included a switch right slide continuing 450 out on the canon rail, a right-side flat 540 japan on the tricky wing jump, and a beautiful switch right 900 mute to finish things off.
Rounding out the podium in third with a score of 81.38 was Maggie Voisin of the host US squad, who made her return to the World Cup after surgery last spring with an impressive second run, and her final-hit left rodeo 900 japan putting an exclamation point on a hugely successful return to World Cup action.