Snowboarding News | Monday February 27, 2012 | Shared By: Jackie Williams
Women's Slopestyle Finals
The ladies went first on the last day of the 2012 TTR World Snowboarding Championships. With the rain gone, a bluebird day remains albeit hard slopestyle conditions with tough landings. The slopestyle course consisted of a three-option handrail, an option of four jibs, a set of two kickers, a channel gap, another two-jib option, with a final huge step-over jump.
After falling on the first two runs, Spencer took the first spot away from Jamie Anderson, “I knew I just had to go for it.” Jamie, although happy for Spencer O'Brien, voiced her frustration, “I’ve been winning so many events, I’m disappointed I couldn’t put down the best run.” And third place winner, Enni Rukajaervi thanked the Norwegian fans for their great support and cheers. There were smiles all around and all the girls made mention of the growing talent and performances shown at the event.
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas
Men's Slopestyle Finals
The difference in these finals was that the athlete in the first place out of the first two runs goes first on the last, final run and sits in the hot seat to see how the rest line up. So it goes with Seb Toots as he sat in the bean bag chair the whole last run until Chas ripped it away at the last second when he landed his first switch backside 12 to win the competition and a check for $40K.
After the celebration, Chas thanked the TTR for putting on a great venue and the years to make it happen, commenting on the even playing field he witnessed. Placing second, Seb said he was “stoked to be on the podium with my two best friends…smiles on all the riders just to be here.” The camaraderie was evident between the guys. Seppe was teased about how a snowboarder from Belgium could be so great at snowboarding; his answer:“Riding with friends helps me progress…dedication.”
That brings us to the end of the 2012 TTR World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway, the competition run by and for snowboarder that you’ll catch every four years. Using the fairly new SLS (Snowboarding Live Scoring System), there is more consistency in scoring because it is focused on individual tricks combined with overall impression which includes the amplitude, difficulty, variation, style, execution, and more.
For more information, see the WSC website at www.WSC2012.com, with additional competition clips on YouTube.com.