There would be no such trouble for Tess Ledeux in big air, as the 21-year-old Beijing 2022 silver medallist came out firing in run one, stomping a left double cork 1620 safety that would earn a score of 94.25 and standing as the highest-scoring trick of the women’s competition.
Tess Ledeux would follow that up with a brand new trick - a switch left double cork 1260 safety that she had never previously attempted in competition. While she wasn’t able to put it down clean in run two, in run three she rose to the occasion and stomped it, locking in a score of 92.50 for the run and a total score of 186.75 on her way to a dominant victory.
“It’s just a dream come true and I can’t believe it,” said an overjoyed Tess Ledeux from the finish area, “I had a really bad crash in slopestyle, so taking the win in big air makes me just so, so happy. Before dropping in on my last run the pressure was so high, so I’m just super stoked I was able to land my last trick. It was the first time I landed it in the competition so it’s pretty amazing.”
Second place, the silver medal, and the first of two Norwegian podiums on the day went to 27-year-old Sandra Eie, who came into finals as a long shot for the podium before throwing down some of the most stylish tricks of the competition to claim a first career World Championships medal.
With a left double cork 1260 mute on run one and a right double cork 1080 Japan on run two, Eie would earn a score of 175.00 and the biggest podium result of her career on the biggest stage of the season.
Rounding out the podium in third place and claiming the bronze medal was Canada’s Megan Oldham, who came into the competition as one of the favorites after landing the first-ever women’s triple cork on her way to winning X Games big air gold a few weeks ago.
While Oldham wouldn’t attempt the triple here in Georgia, with a left double cork 1080 mute on run one and a switch left double cork 1080 Japan on run two, the 21-year-old did more than enough to earn her second medal of the Bakuriani 2023 World Championships and the third World Champs medal of her career.