US Grand Prix Slopestyle Qualifiers

Words & Photos: Ilanna Barkusky

Competition weather is definitely an interesting phenomenon, and it unfortunately reared its ugly head today. After two sunny and gorgeous days of practice, qualifiers went off today in less than stellar conditions. The day started off alright, but by the time competition began, the rails were sticky and the speed wasn't the best. At certain points, the snow was really coming down and at others, it was clear enough to see the highway from the course. All the girls and guys still put down excellent runs despite the conditions. Fingers crossed for a bit of an improvement in the weather for finals tomorrow!

Jesper Tjader at practice Tuesday

Alex Schlopy - minus the visibility

Womens qualifiers went down first, and while the speed was a bit tricky, the girls still put down some great runs. Coming in first was Emma Dahlstrom with her smooth signature style, followed by Anouk Purnelle-Faniel from Canada and Johanne Killi from Norway. Shout out to Nikki Blackall for busting out a massive switch 5 truckdriver on the last jump, which was by far my favourite trick of the day.

Johanne Killi

Emma Dahlstrom came out swinging top to bottom

Devin Logan

Full results:

Emma Dahlstrom - 87.8

Anouk Purnelle-Faniel - 84.6

Johanne Killi - 80.6

Devin Logan - 78.8

Guilia Tanno - 78.4

Tiril Sjaastad Christensen - 78.0

-- Cut off --

Coline Ballet Baz - 76.2

Isabel Atkin - 70.0

Nadia Gonzales - 69.8

Yuki Tsubota - 69.6

Sabrina Cakmakli - 68.6

Emilia Wint - 58.8

Jamie Crane-Mauzy - 54.8

Shondra Charbonneau - 54.6

Dominique Ohaco - 53.8

Zuzana Stromkova - 50.0

Hitomi Sato - 48.6

Nikki Blackall - 46.0

Silvia Bertagna - 45.2

Kathryn Alexander - 43.2

Katie Summerhayes - 38.2

Keri Herman - DNS

Taylor Lundquist - DNS

Next up were the guys who were once again split into two heats with the top 5 advancing in each heat. Tomorrow will certainly be an interesting and stacked final with the top guys and some up-and-coming talent!

Jackson Wells

Chris Laker

Top qualifier Joss Christensen

This happened a few times today

Tom Wallisch

Full results:

Qualifying from Heat 1:

Felix Stridsberg-Usterud - 89.0

Evan McEachran - 87.4

Mcrae Williams - 84.6

Sami Sakkinen - 83.4

Chris Laker - 83.0

Qualifying from Heat 2:

Joss Christensen - 95.0

Gus Kenworthy - 93.4

Bobby Brown - 90.6

Tom Wallisch - 87.8

James Woods - 85.4

-Cut off-

Alex Bellemare - 83.4

Alex Schlopy - 82.0

Jossi Wells - 81.8

Oystein Braaten - 81.0

Noah Wallace - 79.4

Antoine Adelisse - 78.8

Matt Walker - 78.6

Jonas Hunziker - 76.6

Jesper Tjader - 76.2

Luca Schuler - 75.6

Ethan Swadburg - 75.4

Aleks Aurdal - 74.0

Jeremy Pancras - 73.6

Willie Borm - 73.2

Andri Ragettli - 71.4

Russ Henshaw - 71.0

Jackson Wells - 70.0

Noah Morrison - 69.4

Reid McEachran - 69.0

Simone Canal - 68.0

Till Matti - 66.4

Florian Preuss - 65.6

Colby Stevenson - 64.8

Scott Nelson - 64.2

Jens Aarbakke Johnsen - 61.4

Lukas Muellauer - 60.8

Eetu Rintamaa - 59.8

Viktor Thomas Moonsmann - 58.0

Daniel Walchhofer - 56.6

Joona Kangas - 55.8

Miguel Porteous - 55.4

Fabian Boesch - 54.4

Johan Berg - 53.2

Mark Nowakiwsky - 53.0

Miika Virki - 52.4

Takumi Toyama - 51.2

Robby Franco - 50.0

Eirik Sateroy - 47.6

Mateo Cremer - 47.0

Yuri Silvestri - 46.2

Christof Schenk - 43.4

Kai Mahler - 41.4

Klaus Finne - 41.0

Luca Tribondeau - 40.8

John Brown - 32.4

Taylor Wilson - 29.4

Martin Haakonsen Kvatningen - 26.8

Hamish McDougall - 26.4

Lukas Joas - 20.6

Igor Lastei - 20.4

Lyman Currier - DNS

That's it for now, stay tuned for finals tomorrow!


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