After finishing her big air season off in 2021/22 with a silver-medal performance at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Tess Ledeux was back to her winning ways on Friday night, defending her Big Air Chur title from last season with a gutsy final run to grab the top spot.
While Tess Ledeux announced that she meant business by opening her night at the Big Air Chur with 93.00-scoring left double cork 1260 mute stomped to perfection, the 20-year-old had a miscue on her second run and came into the final jump of the night needing something big to take her second straight win in Chur.
And big is just what she gave the thousands gathered at the bottom of the giant scaffold jump set-up, lacing a right-side double 1080 safety that would give her a two-jump score of 181.00 for her milestone 10th career World Cup victory.
“I was super nervous before the final run because I knew I had to land it to win,” said Tess Ledeux, “I'm happy I was able to land it clean. It's really special here with all this big crowd and I'm happy I was able to win here again.”
Second place - and her first career World Cup podium - went to Norway's Sandra Eie, who also needed a few last-run heroics after crashing in run two. Adding to her right double cork 1080 Japan from run one, Sandra Eie rode away clean from a left double cork 1080 safety on her final hit for a two-jump score of 170.75 and the first of what would become two podiums on the night for Norway.
Third place belonged to Switzerland's own Mathilde Gremaud, as the Beijing 2022 slopestyle gold medallist earned the lone top three spot of the night for the host squad with a combined score of 170.00 for her left double cork 1260 safety in run two and switch left double cork 1080 safety in the final run.