STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Park City skier Alex Hall finished second in the VISA Big Air freeski finals behind Austrian winner Matej Svancer.
Hall’s last jump was his best, propelling him to second place. Colby Stevenson, also of Park City, was sixth.
The podium in the World Cup event and the US Olympic team’s qualification are huge to help Hall earn a spot on the Olympic big air / slopestyle freeski team to Beijing in February.
Freestyle skier Eileen Gu, originally from California but skiing for China, won the women’s competition with a score of 184.25. Tess Ledeux of France was second while Johanne Killi of Norway was third. No American reached the final.
Big air freeskiing will make its Olympic debut in Beijing 2022, while big air snowboarding will make its second Winter Games appearance.
In the big air snowboard finals, Hailey Langland narrowly missed the podium, taking fourth place among the women. Langland finished with 123.5 points, while winner Reira Iwabuchi of Japan had 178.25 points. Anna Gasser of Austria was second and Annika Morgan of Germany third.
Each runner-up took three races, with six judges scoring each race. The lowest and highest scores from each race have been dropped. The two best runs were added together to get a total.
Langland was the only US competitor in the men’s and women’s snowboard finals. The high finish will help Langland secure a place in the slopestyle / big air snowboard team.
Yiming Su won the men’s big air final with 155.25, becoming the first Chinese runner to win a World Cup big air event. He did it impressively, pulling off an 1800 frontside and 1800 triple cork backside. The tricks also earned the 17-year-old the title of first rider to land two 1800s in a World Cup competition.
Clemens Millauer of Austria was second and Mons Roisland of Norway third in the men’s snowboard competition.
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