With freeski big air slated to join Olympic programme at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, it was long overdue that the event see its premier in world championships competition. And on Saturday at Canyons that debut did not disappoint, with what might have been the greatest FIS Freeski big air competition of all-time wowing a packed crowd at the resort’s base.
Finishing in second in Saturday morning’s qualifying session, Tess Ledeux had no difficulties carrying that momentum through to the nighttime finals, where she delivered a dominant showing. Starting things off with a huge left-side double corked 1260 mute that earned her a score of 94.75 (the high score of the evening in the ladies’ competition), Tess Ledeux then closed things out with a switch left bio 1080 japan for an even 90.00 points and a best-two-of-three jump total of 184.75 for the gold medal.
“I’m so happy,” said Tess Ledeux just before the awards ceremony, “It’s the first time for me on top of the podium at a big air competition. It’s just a dream. It’s so nice.”
Second place for the silver medal in the ladies’ Utah 2019 big air world championships was Julia Krass (USA), giving the host nation their sole podium result of the evening with a score of 173.75 for her two-jump combo of a right-side double cork 1080 safety and a switch right 1080 safety
Finally, third place for the ladies went to Isabel Atkin of Great Britain, as the PyeongChang 2018 slopestyle bronze-medallist stomped a right-side 900 opposite tail and a switch right 1080 mute for a score of 168.75.
- Tess Ledeux (FRA) - left dub 1260 mute, switch left bio 1080 Japan
- Julia Krass (USA) - right dub 1080 safety, switch right 1080 safety
- Isabel Atkin (GBR) - right 900 opposite tail, switch right 1080 mute