Atkin goes technical in tough conditions
Still, that didn’t stop Atkin from putting down the most technical run of the day in the women’s competition, dropping a left-side 720 on her first hit before going switch through her next three airs - including back-to-back switch 540s both ways - and putting an exclamation point on things off with a right-side 720 on her second-to-last.
Atkin would earn a top score of 87.75 in an impressive performance for the youngster who was claiming her first career World Cup win.
“I’m so excited,” 16-year-old Atkin said from the finish area, “Honestly, I’m speechless. It feels so surreal. I’ve been working on going as big as I can and being able to spin all four ways to set myself apart from the other competitors, and I’m happy to be able to put that run down today.”
Second place went to the USA’s own Brita Sigourney, who was able to maintain her amplitude despite the speed issues, launching her signature ally-oop on her first hit and then keeping things going with a left 900 and corked right side 720 further down the pipe. Sigourney’s third and final run gave her a score of 85.00 for her fourth career podium at Copper Mountain and the 10th podium of her World Cup career.
Third place went to Canada’s Rachael Karker, as the 22-year-old lead off with a big left-side flare and included a left 900 and a super corked left 720 later in her run. The third-place result was the third podium of her career, with all those top-three finishes coming in the last 12 months.
Finishing just behind Karker in fourth was Zhang Kexin, the winner of the season-opener in Cardrona (NZL). The result was enough for Zhang to maintain her lead atop the women’s halfpipe World Cup standings with 150 points.