Following three days of waiting for the wind to calm down, mother nature finally decided to cooperate with the organisers at the Pyrenees resort, bringing sun and mild temperatures as a background for what was a fully packed and extremely exciting day at the second slopestyle World Cup event of the 2018/2019 season.
With no time left in the schedule to run the ladies’ qualification round after all the previous days’ postponements, the jury made the call to push all 20 riders straight into the finals.
And after 40 runs went down through the ladies’ finals it was the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic champion Sarah Höfflin (SUI) who capped the day with the win in France, earning her second spot on the podium this season after her second place finish in Stubai back in November. With the win, she also took over the lead in the overall slopestyle standing.
Second place on the day went to the up-and-comer Eileen Gu (USA), who scored her career’s first podium on just her second World Cup start.
Meanwhile, it was Höfflin’s teammate from the Swiss Freeski Team Giulia Tanno rounding out the ladies’ podium in third for her first World Cup podium since November 2017, where she also took a third place finish at the Milan big air.
- Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) - switch right 720 mute, switch left 720 safety, right misty 720 mute, back 270 off the up rail, pretzel 270 off.
- Eileen Gu (USA) - switch left 540 tail, right 720 reverse tail, left flat spin 540 high safety, switch in - 450 out, right 270 in - 270 out.
- Giulia Tanno (SUI) - left 540 safety, switch left 900 tail, right 720 opp tail, backside 450 out, switch lip 270 in to switch.