Tahoe Freeride athlete Brita Sigourney leads USA sweep in halfpipe at Junior Worlds
CARDRONA, New Zealand and#8212; The USA made history Sunday as Tahoe Freeride athlete Brita Sigourney of Carmel, Calif., led a 1-2-3-4 womenand#8217;s sweep in the halfpipe of the FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships.
Hannah Haupt (Sun Valley, Idaho) won silver with Devin Logan (W. Dover, Vt.) taking bronze. Walter Wood (Snowmass Village, Colo.) took silver behind menand#8217;s winner Noah Bowman of Canada. Weather played a role as fresh snow and fog forced delays.
Following the week of competition in New Zealand, the USA was also awarded the Marc Hodler Cup as the top team.
A heavy overnight snowfall delayed start while the pipe was emptied of snow. But by 1 p.m., competition was underway for what was supposed to be a two-run final.
The womenand#8217;s event was one rider short of completion and Logan, sitting in third, waited over two hours for a gap in the fog to complete her second run. But Mother Nature wasnand#8217;t her side and the womenand#8217;s event reverted to a one run final. While Sigourney had put down her highest scoring run in her second run, her first attempt was also enough to earn her first place with 41.1 with a left 5, alleyoop, straight tail mute, alleyoop 5 finishing with a straight 7.
and#8220;It was a little challenging out there at first with the pipe being stuck in a big cloud but I was really glad we got to do the competition,and#8221; said Sigourney, a junior at UC Davis who coaches and skied at Squaw Valley USA this past year. and#8220;Iand#8217;m stoked with my results and it was too bad Devin didnand#8217;t get to do her second run after waiting so long.and#8221;
Bowman threw down the best moves of the day in his first run. A huge left 5 mute into a right 7 tail, into a switch left 7 mute, right 5 reverse mute, left 9 tail – all perfectly executed – earned him a 40.5 to edge Wood, the U.S. champion. Stop-start conditions and eventual dense fog saw the menand#8217;s finals being decided on just one run causing disappointment among competitors who didnand#8217;t land their first run.
and#8220;I wasnand#8217;t too worried about the weather,and#8221; said Bowman. and#8220;I did a safer run for my first run and was planning to do a harder one second time round but luckily I scored well on that first run.and#8221;
At the end of competition the U.S. team was announced as recipient of the Marc Hodler Cup as the most successful nation in the freestyle ski events.
and#8220;Weand#8217;re excited and really proud to have represented the USA the way we did,and#8221; said U.S. Freestyle Program Manager Cheryl Pearson. and#8220;The athletes stayed focused and stuck to their game plans throughout the competition and were in the top six in every event. Weand#8217;d also like to thank the organizing committee for running such an excellent event.and#8221;
The event was historic in that it brought freestyle and snowboarding together in one event. It was also the debut for ski slopestyle and halfpipe, as well as snowboarding slopestyle.
A snowboarding big air event will wrap up the 2010 FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Junior World Championships on Tuesday along with the the official closing ceremony.