Sixteen-year-old Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) landed the top spot for the USA with her fourth-place finish in the Paul Mitchell Slopestyle at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix. The international field put down runs with confidence at Sunday’s FIS World Cup with Czech rider Sarka Pancochova taking the victory and Isabel Derungs and Elena Koenz of Switzerland taking second and third. Walker’s top-four result fulfilled her objective criteria for Olympic qualification, and her top finish over the Americans moved her up in the standings behind Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), who fell during both of her runs Sunday and finished seventh. After a holiday break, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Tour moves to Breckenridge Jan. 8-11, where the battle continues for spots on the first-ever Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team.
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding / Ty Walker (USA)
Women’s slopestyle snowboarding qualifiers at 2013 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
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