WRAP: Snowboard Slopestyle's Olympic debut
24 February 2014
SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE: A new Olympic event for the Sochi 2014 Games, Snowboard Slopestyle was a huge hit with the athletes and the fans.
Australia’s Torah Bright was in action in the Slopestyle before the Games had even officially begun, with the women’s qualification heats on 6 February.
Bright, who made history by competing in three Snowboard events at the Games, nailed her first qualification run, scoring 85.25 to earn her a finals berth.
The 27-year-old fell just short of landing her Cab 9 trick cleanly in both her final runs meaning she got a best score of 66.25 leaving her in seventh place in a super-hot field.
“I was really quite pumped to come out and have another little trick in the bag,” she said of her new move, that she couldn't quite pull off.
Four-time X-Games Champion Jamie Anderson of the USA lived up to expectations and threw down a steady second run to win gold. She deftly handled the tricky rail section at the top of the course and then showed off her style and high-flying spinning moves on the three jumps to earn a score of 95.25.
Enni Rukajarvo of Finland took silver and Jenny Jones of Great Britain took the bronze. In doing so, Jones became the first Briton to win an Olympic Winter Games medal on snow.
Australia was represented by Scotty James in the men’s competition, which was the first medal event of the Games. James progressed into the semi-finals phase of the event and he laid down a best run of 77.25 which would see him just miss a finals berth, and finish 16th overall.
“I just wanted to put down a good run. I wanted to do the triple [cork] and I did, so I’m stoked,” James said after the event.
Sage Kotsenburg of the USA had the honour of grabbing the first gold of the Games, winning with a score of 93.50 ahead of Staale Sandbech of Norway who took silver and Mark McMorris of Canada who took bronze.