This World Cup season is an important season for the athletes as all the riders must get their qualification points for the Winter Olympics that year. 

The first slopestyle World Cup was held on the glacier at Stubai in Austria. It promised to be an exciting contest as all the world's top riders were at the start.

Eighteen-year-old French rider Tess Ledeux grabbed the first gold medal on the road to the Olympic Games in 2022. Last year she only competed at her home World Cup in Font Romeu (which she also won), so she started where she left off.

Run: 

JUMPS: left 900 blunt, switch right double 1080 japan

RAILS: switch right slide, frontside switch-up over the gap, left 270 on continuing 270 off

Tess Ledeux ©Mateusz Kielpinski - FIS

Tess Ledeux “I’m very happy. It’s just crazy. The park was perfect today with good weather and I’m just super happy to take first place.”

Johanne Killi started this season with a silver medal, winning her third podium in her last six contests.

Run

JUMPS: left 900 blunt, switch right double 1080 japan

RAILS: switch right slide, frontside switch-up over the gap, left 270 on continuing 270 off

Johanne Killi ©Mateusz Kilpinski - FIS

Johanne Killi “It was a nice day, beautiful conditions, fresh snow, beautiful weather, so we couldn’t really ask for more. I was so stoked to put down my run because I’ve had some trouble with some small injuries lately, so I’m really happy to land my run today.”

With her six-straight podium, it was Eileen Gu who became third in Stubai. Gu came into the finals as the second-place qualifier behind Sildaru.

While Gu’s unnatural left double 1080 japan on the first jump was one of the day’s most impressive tricks, some minor struggles in the rails kept her from finishing higher up on the podium.

RUN

JUMPS: left double 1080 japan, right 900 seatbelt

RAILS: switch left on frontside 450 off, k-fed, right 270 on continuing 270 off

 

Eileen Gu ©Mateusz Kielpinski

Eileen Gu “Today was awesome. I came into today really wanting to do the unnatural double because I just learned it two weeks ago here in Stubai, so I was really excited to do that today. There were a few speed issues in practice so I wasn’t able to get it down consistently before the competition, but I was able to put it down in my run and I’m really happy about that.”

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