The FIS World Cup competition has surfaced as an important stepping stone for freeskiers trying to qualify for the Olympics, as it is imperative to achieve high FIS points to secure an Olympic spot. With the 2014 Sochi Winter Games less than a year away, the competition is heated as everyone is looking to shine with gold.
The final events in Spain were infected with changing and challenging weather conditions that truly put the athletes to the test. Between heavy fog problems and high winds, these winter athletes really had to dig deep to show their physical and mental toughness on the mountain.
Faivre qualified comfortable for the finals with a solid sixth place finish, but it was young Nina Ragetti from Switzerland who clinched the highest score of the day. However, it was a different story when it came down to the finals. Faivre’s first run was stocked with swift moves including back-to-back leftside and rightside 540s and a sweet switch alley-oop 540 to earn her a score of 83.2, which left her just behind Canadian Roz Groenewoud. Unfortunately due to the relentless foggy conditions, the second fun of the finals had to be cancelled so the results of the first fun stood as the final results.
Virginie Faivre emerged victorious this year as she took home the Crystal Globe as the champion of the Halfpipe World Cup 2013 with her second place finish in the finale of the halfpipe FIS World Cup in Sierra Nevada this Monday. Virginie Faivre stood atop her third podium of the season to put a perfect finish to a fantastic season with the overall victory of the FIS Halfpipe World Cup 2013. Last summer it was clear she was destined for greatness in New Zealand at the first World Cup event for the season where she qualified with a fifth place finish, but sadly an injury put her out of commission for the finals.
“It’s amazing! Last time it happened I just couldn’t believe it would happen again. It was a hard winter and I didn’t imagine it would end like this,” exclaimed an elated Faivre as she won her second career Crystal Globe. “We had more skiing that usual this year, but I need to work on my technical parts if I want to stay on the podium for next winter.”