Author of Story: Freddy Perryman with US Ski Team News/USSA.ORG
Schlopy Wins First Slopestyle World Champs
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 3) – Local teen Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) won gold Thursday in the inaugural FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships slopestyle competition in Park City. Schlopy was joined on the podium by Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) who earned silver and Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) with bronze to lead the U.S. women. Inclusion of slopestyle in the World Championships is seen as foreshadowing for possible inclusion of the sport in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Schlopy, who turned 19 years old less than a week ago, joins Australian Anna Segal as the first ever slopestyle World Champions. His victory Thursday comes on the heels of the 2011 Winter X Games big air event, where he won gold.
Thursday’s slopestyle competition was held at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR). PCMR has become a mecca for both professional and aspiring freeskiers as one of the nation’s most noted park and halfpipe resorts after being the site of halfpipe snowboarding in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
“Being able to do well in my hometown is the best thing I can hope for.” said Schlopy. “I was so excited for this big event.”
Schlopy’s winning run’s rail sequence started with a 270 disaster on the down flat down, frontside 450 out of the flat rail to gap, blind 450 out of the up rail, switch on, 360 off of the butter box, leftside 900, switch 1260, double cork 1260.
Carlson, whose career includes multiple Winter X Games podium finishes with slopestyle gold in 2011, finished in second, the same position as his qualifying.
“It went well today, I had a lot of fun,” said the ever exuberant Carlson. “I wanted to come out here and put on a good show for everyone, as this is a new thing for FIS. They don’t get to see too many slopestyle competitions.”
Also making the men’s finals in slopestyle’s World Championship debut were LJ Strenio (Salt Lake City) in sixth and Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) 10th.
Herman’s bronze Thursday backed up her second in the 2011 Winter X Games and has put her firmly amongst the top level women freestyle skiers. She has been on the verge of breaking out since winning the Mount Snow Open at Mount Snow VT, in 2008.
“I stepped up my rails from yesterday,” said Herman of her performance. “I’m just supper psyched that I stomped a run and it was my best skiing.”
Competing in the slopestyle finals with Herman were Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) who finished fifth, Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT) sixth and Megan Olenick (Carbondale, CO) ninth.
This was the final event before the International Olympic Committee meets to decide if it will include slopestyle as an event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A decision is expected in April.
The FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships continues Friday Feb. 4 with the finals of both skicross and aerials at Deer Valley Resort. Halfpipe skiing, another event on the IOC radar, is Saturday at Park City.
FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships
Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, UT – Feb. 3, 2011
Gold: Alex Schlopy, Park City, UT, 41.8
Silver: Sammy Carlson, Hood River, OR, 41.5
Bronze: Russ Henshaw, Australia, 41.2
6. LJ Strenio, Salt Lake City, 37.3
10. Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, CO, 19.5
Gold: Anna Segal, Australia, 43.4
Silver: Kaya Turski, Canada, 41.7
Bronze: Keri Herman, Breckenridge, CO, 41.0
5. Devin Logan, West Dover, VT, 36.8
6. Ashley Battersby, Park City, UT, 35.9
9. Megan Olenick, Carbondale, CO, 31.1
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