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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.”

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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.