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Ledecka takes monumental double Gold

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Ester Ledecka takes Gold

Olympic history was made earlier this morning as Czech rider, Ester Ledecka, successfully added Snowboard GS Gold to hear earlier win in the Ski Super G last week. Ledecka, 22, becomes only the fifth athlete to win two Golds at an Olympics and the first ever to win two Golds in different events.

Ledecka beat Germany’s Selina Joerg in Silver with another German, Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, coming in Bronze place after beating OAR athlete Alena Zavarzina who failed to finish.

RESULTS:

Big Final

CZE Ester Ledecka bt GER Selina Joerg

Small Final

GER Ramona Theresia Hofmeister bt OAR Alena Zavarzina (DNF)

Semi-finals

CZE Ester Ledecka bt GER Ramona Theresia
GER Selina Joerg bt OAR Alena Zavarzina (DNF)

Quarter-finals

GER Ramona Theresia Hofmeister bt AUT Ina Meschik
CZE Ester Kedecka bt AUT Daniela Ulbing
OAR Alena Zavarzina bt SWI Julie Zogg
GER Selina Joerg bt JPN Tomoka Takeuchi

1/8 Finals

GER Carolin Langenhorst bt AUT Ina Meschik
GER Ramona Theresia Hofmeister bt SWI Ladina Jenny (DNF)
AUT Daniela Ulbing bt OAR Milena Bykova
CZE Ester Ledecka bt SWI Patrizia Kummer
OAR Alena Zavarzina bt SLO Gloria Kotnik
SWI Julie Zogg bt POL Aleksandra Krol
JPN Tomoka Takeuchi bt AUT Julia Dujmovits
GER Selina Joerg bt OAR Ekaterina Tudegesheva

Swiss Galmani wins Snowboard GS

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Swiss Galmani wins Snowboard Men’s GS

Korea’s Lee Sangho would have to settle for Silver as Swiss rider, Nevin Galmani, stormed to Gold in the Men’s Olympic Snowboard GS. Slovakia’s Zan Kosir earned Bronze, beating France’s Sylvain Dufour in the Small Final.

The Snowboard GS rounds up the Snowboard events at this year’s Games. It’s been quite a ride.

RESULTS;

Big Final

SWI Nevin Galmaini bt KOR Lee Sangho

Small Final

SLO Zan Kosir bt FRA Sylvain Dufour

Semi-finals

SWI Nevin Galmarini bt FRA Sylvain Dufour (DNF)
KOR Lee Sangho bt SLO Zan Kosir

Quarter-finals

FRA Sylvain Dufour bt ITA Edwin Coratti
SWI Nevin Galmarini bt ITA Roland Fischnaller
SLO Zan Kosir bt GER Stefan Baumeister
KOR Lee Sangho bt AUT Benjamin Karl

1/8 Finals

FRA Sylvain Dufour bt POL Oskar Kwiatkowski
ITA Edwin Coratti bt AUT Alexander Payer
ITA Roland Fischnaller bt OAR Vic Wild
SWI Nevin Galmarini bt SLO Tim Mastnak
SLO Zan Kosir bt KOR Kim Sangkyum
GER Stefan Baumeister bt AUT Sebastian Kislinger
AUT Benjamin Karl bt AUT Andreas Prommegger
KOR Lee Sangho bt OAR Dmitry Sarsembaev

Billy Morgan Bronze Snowboard Big Air

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Toots, Mack, Morgan Big Air 1, 2, 3

Yes, we know there was obviously a Gold and Silver awarded in today’s Snowboard Big Air but we’re British so forgive us – Billy Morgan taking Bronze is the main news today. This is a huge result for UK snowboarding.

Morgan dropped his first run only to soon pick up the gears in his second before sending it out of the park with his final run – a frontside 1440 triple, double-grabbed tail and mute. It’s a trick he’s never landed before in competition so big props to the lad for stepping up when it mattered most. By winning Bronze, Morgan (28 – which is really pretty old in freestyle snowboarding terms) gave the UK our most successful Winter Games ever with 5 medals – just another nice little accolade to add to an already immense achievement.

Obviously there was still a comp going on here for more than just Bronze . . .  Canada’s Seb Toots (Sebastien Toutant) was on epic, unbeatable form nailing Gold ahead of the USA’s Kyle Mack. Both relied on their first two runs for their places, leading to a super tense wait in the finish area as a whole stack of riders lined up to launch their final runs – riders that could easily have rocked the podiums.

First Corning stacked it going for quad – then Bergrem fell – then Mack – followed closely by Boesiger until only Max Parrot was left as the sole rider who could change the podium positions. When it came to it, he too stacked going for – what would have been – a Gold-winning 1800. He had options to go for an easier trick but he obviously had Gold firmly in his sights and only something massive would have added to his previous 85.00. He went all in for the win but couldn’t nail it in the end – leaving Toutant, Mack and Morgan to all breathe a collective sigh of relief as the medal places were confirmed.

Epic stuff.

 

FULL RESULTS:

Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Total Score
1 CAN Sebastien Toutant 84.75 89.50 JNS 174.25
2 USA Kyle Mack 82.00 86.75 JNS 168.75
3 GBR Billy Morgan JNS 82.50 85.50 168.00
4 USA Chris Corning 74.25 78.75 JNS 153.00
5 USA Redmond Gerard 74.75 JNS 68.25 143.00
6 SUI Michael Schaerer JNS 62.25 78.50 140.75
7 NOR Torgeir Bergrem 88.50 42.50 JNS 131.00
8 SUI Jonas Boesiger 77.50 JNS 40.75 118.25
9 CAN Max Parrot 85.00 JNS 32.75 117.75
10 CAN Mark Mcmorris 40.50 JNS 32.00 72.50
11 NZL Knight Carlos Garcia JNS JNS 54.25 54.25
12 SWE Niklas Mattsson 36.00 DNS DNS 36.00

Qualification

Heat 2
Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best Score
1 NZ Carlos Garcia Knight 88.75 97.50 97.50 Q
2 SWI Jonas Boesiger 96.00 35.25 96.00 Q
3 CAN Mark Mcmorris 89.00 95.75 95.75 Q
4 NOR Torgeir Bergrem 94.25 59.50 94.25 Q
5 CAN Sebastien Toutant 91.00 45.00 91.00 Q
6 GB Billy Morgan 87.50 90.50 90.50 Q
7 CAN Tyler Nicholson 87.25 89.25 89.25
8 FIN Peetu Piiroinen 43.50 87.25 87.25
9 FIN Roope Tonteri 86.50 47.50 86.50
10 NOR Marcus Kleveland 84.25 46.00 84.25
11 OAR Vlad Khadarin 83.75 79.25 83.75
12 FIN Kalle Jarvilehto 83.25 44.75 83.25
13 US Ryan Stassel 39.50 76.25 76.25
14 BEL Stef Vandeweyer 61.00 29.50 61.00
15 ARG Matias Schmitt 51.75 23.00 51.75
16 OAR Anton Mamaev 29.00 42.75 42.75
17 JPN Hiroaki Kunitake 37.25 36.75 37.25
18 BEL Sebbe de Buck 33.5 30.25 33.50
Heat 1
Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best Score
1 CAN Max Parrot 89.25 92.50 92.50 Q
2 SWE Niklas Mattsson 53.75 90.00 90.00 Q
3 US Kyle Mack 87.25 88.75 88.75 Q
4 US Chris Corning 85.00 88.00 88.00 Q
5 SWI Michael Schaerer 87.00 44.00 87.00 Q
6 US Redmond Gerard 82.00 85.00 85.00 Q
7 NOR Staale Sandbech 84.75 41.25 84.75
8 GB Rowan Coultas 81.00 84.50 84.50
9 JPN Yuri Okubo 84.25 44.25 84.25
10 FIN Rene Rinnekangas 43.75 83.00 83.00
11 GB Jamie Nicholls 30.00 81.25 81.25
12 ITA Alberto Maffei 77.50 36.25 77.50
13 SWI Nicolas Huber 76.75 44.50 76.75
14 KOR Lee Minsik 68.75 72.25 72.25
15 BEL Seppe Smits 50.00 59.25 59.25
16 AUT Clemens Millauer 39.25 47.00 47.00
DNS CZE Petr Horak
DNS SWI Moritz Thoenen

Gasser throws it all in final run for Gold

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Gasser head and shoulders above the competition

Austria’s Anna Gasser romped to victory – and Gold – in this morning’s first ever Women’s Olympic Big Air contest. Unlike the Women’s Slopestyle which was badly affected by wind (dangerously so in fact), the Big Air comp gave the women a chance to showcase their skills as well as the fierce progression of the women’s side of the sport.

Gasser would prove untouchable with a final run featuring a cab double cork 1080 which nailed her a 96.00 – though, after her first two runs, it was looking far from certain she’d pull the win that was so expected of her. She’s been dominating comps all season so when she failed to log a score on her first drop, the nerves must have been chattering. It was all or nothing – so when it came time for her final run, she threw caution to the wind and landed the toughest trick of the day.

Gasser’s final run was enough to bump the US’s Jamie Anderson into Silver, with young gun New Zealander Synnott Zoi Sadowski (just 16) taking Bronze.

 

RESULTS:

Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Total Score
1 AUT Anna Gasser JNS 89.00 96.00 185.00
2 US Jamie Anderson 90.00 87.25 JNS 177.25
3 NZ Synnott Zoi Sadowski 65.50 92.00 JNS 157.50
4 JPN Reira Iwabuchi 79.75 67.75 JNS 147.50
5 SWI Sina Candrian JNS 76.25 64.00 140.25
6 NOR Silje Norendal 70.50 61.00 JNS 131.50
7 JPN Yuka Fujimori 82.25 40.50 JNS 122.75
8 JPN Miyabi Onitsuka 78.75 JNS 40.25 119.00
9 CAN Spencer O’Brien 51.25 JNS 62.00 113.25
10 US Julia Marino JNS 74.50 18.75 93.25
11 US Jessika Jenson JNS 21.50 19.00 40.50
12 CAN Laurie Blouin JNS 39.25 DNS 39.25

Qualification

Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best Score
1 AUT Anna Gasser 88.25 98.00 98.00 QF
2 JPN Yuka Fujimori 82.00 94.25 94.25 QF
3 JPN Reira Iwabuchi 80.00 92.75 92.75 QF
4 CAN Laurie Blouin 90.25 92.25 92.25 QF
5 NZ Synnott Zoi Sadowski 72.75 92.00 92.00 QF
6 US Jamie Anderson 30.25 90.00 90.00 QF
7 JPN Miyabi Onitsuka 81.75 86.50 86.50 QF
8 SWI Sina Candrian 31.75 86.00 86.00 QF
9 US Julia Marino 83.75 85.25 85.25 QF
10 NOR Silje Norendal 76.00 77.50 77.50 QF
11 CAN Spencer O’Brien 69.50 76.75 76.75 QF
12 US Jessika Jenson 76.25 39.75 76.25 QF
13 AUS Jessica Rich 73.50 74.25 74.25
14 US Hailey Langland 73.00 29.00 73.00
15 SWI Carla Somaini 70.75 24.75 70.75
16 FIN Enni Rukajarvi 68.75 49.75 68.75
17 CAN Brooke Voigt 67.75 32.00 67.75
18 SWI Elena Koenz 62.00 65.75 65.75
19 CZE Sarka Pancochova 65.50 30.00 65.50
20 NED Cheryl Maas 65.00 44.75 65.00
21 OAR Sofya Fedorova 64.00 23.25 64.00
22 SWI Isabel Derungs 54.00 59.25 59.25
23 SVK Klaudia Medlova 30.75 50.50 50.50
24 JPN Asami Hirono 27.50 37.75 37.75
25 GB Aimee Fuller 25.00 14.25 25.00
26 CZE Katerina Vojackova 19.00 10.50 19.00

Big names miss cut in Men's Big Air Qualification

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Parrot & Knight dominate Big Air

The first Olympic Men’s Big Air event took place this morning with a double heat qualification process, which saw Max Parrot and Carlos Garcia Knight laying down huge tricks to take top place in their rounds. The full results are below.

With only six men from each heat going through to the finals, the quallies were always going to be a hotly-contested affair but there were nonetheless some suprise omissions on the final list of qualifiers. In particular, big names like Staale Sandbech, Rene Rinnekangas, Seppe Smits, Peetu Piiroinen, Jamie Nicholls, Roope Tonteri, Marcus Kleveland and Sebbe de Buck (to name but a few) couldn’t bring it and found themselves missing the final. Then again, that’s a list of seven already – in a qualifying group of just 12 – so it’s probably little wonder we saw a few expected riders missing the cut.

Men’s Pipe Gold winner – and everyone’s favourite king of laid-back – Red Gerrard made the cut in his round coming in 6th place. However, Parrot and – in particular – Garcia Knight would dominate their rounds.

UK rider Billy Morgan stomped his second run for a 90.50 and guaranteed himself a place in the finals. Unfortunately, Jamie Nicholls dropped his first run and could only manage and 81.25 in his second, a good way short of the required 85.00 needed to get into the top 6. Rowan Coultas (again of the UK) looked like he could have done with a third run, improving as he went with scores of 81.00 and 84.50 – just 0.50 short of Gerrard in 6th place qualifying.

The Men’s Big Air Final takes place Saturday 24th February at 10am local.

 

RESULTS HEAT 1

Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best score
1 CAN Max Parrot 89.25 92.50 92.50 Q
2 SWE Niklas Mattsson 53.75 90.00 90.00 Q
3 US Kyle Mack 87.25 88.75 88.75 Q
4 US Chris Corning 85.00 88.00 88.00 Q
5 SWI Michael Schaerer 87.00 44.00 87.00 Q
6 US Redmond Gerard 82.00 85.00 85.00 Q
7 NOR Staale Sandbech 84.75 41.25 84.75
8 GB Rowan Coultas 81.00 84.50 84.50
9 JPN Yuri Okubo 84.25 44.25 84.25
10 FIN Rene Rinnekangas 43.75 83.00 83.00
11 GB Jamie Nicholls 30.00 81.25 81.25
12 ITA Alberto Maffei 77.50 36.25 77.50
13 SWI Nicolas Huber 76.75 44.50 76.75
14 KOR Lee Minsik 68.75 72.25 72.25
15 BEL Seppe Smits 50.00 59.25 59.25
16 AUT Clemens Millauer 39.25 47.00 47.00
DNS CZE Petr Horak
DNS SWI Moritz Thoenen

 

RESULTS HEAT 2

Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best score
1 NZ Carlos Garcia Knight 88.75 97.50 97.50 Q
2 SWI Jonas Boesiger 96.00 35.25 96.00 Q
3 CAN Mark Mcmorris 89.00 95.75 95.75 Q
4 NOR Torgeir Bergrem 94.25 59.50 94.25 Q
5 CAN Sebastien Toutant 91.00 45.00 91.00 Q
6 GB Billy Morgan 87.50 90.50 90.50 Q
7 CAN Tyler Nicholson 87.25 89.25 89.25
8 FIN Peetu Piiroinen 43.50 87.25 87.25
9 FIN Roope Tonteri 86.50 47.50 86.50
10 NOR Marcus Kleveland 84.25 46.00 84.25
11 OAR Vlad Khadarin 83.75 79.25 83.75
12 FIN Kalle Jarvilehto 83.25 44.75 83.25
13 US Ryan Stassel 39.50 76.25 76.25
14 BEL Stef Vandeweyer 61.00 29.50 61.00
15 ARG Matias Schmitt 51.75 23.00 51.75
16 OAR Anton Mamaev 29.00 42.75 42.75
17 JPN Hiroaki Kunitake 37.25 36.75 37.25
18 BEL Sebbe de Buck 33.5 30.25 33.50

Gasser rules Women's Big Air qualifications

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Anna Gasser dominates Women’s Big Air qualifiers

As expected, Austria’s Anna Gasser absolutely bossed the first ever Olympic Women’s Big Air Qualifiers taking top spot by almost points from her nearest rival, Yuka Fujimori of Japan. Fujimori’s team-mate Reira Iwabuchi came third in the field ahead of the Big Air Finals, taking place this Friday.

Brit Aimee Fuller overcooked her first trick only to then take a cautious line on her second attempt, coming up short on the knuckle.


QUALIFICATION RESULTS

1.   Anna Gasser (Austria)                        98.00 QF points 
2.   Yuka Fujimori (Japan)                        94.25 QF        
3.   Reira Iwabuchi (Japan)                       92.75 QF        
4.   Laurie Blouin (Canada)                       92.25 QF        
5.   Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand)           92.00 QF        
6.   Jamie Anderson (U.S.)                        90.00 QF        
7.   Miyabi Onitsuka (Japan)                      86.50 QF        
8.   Sina Candrian (Switzerland)                  86.00 QF        
9.   Julia Marino (U.S.)                          85.25 QF        
10.  Silje Norendal (Norway)                      77.50 QF        
11.  Spencer O'Brien (Canada)                     76.75 QF        
12.  Jessika Jenson (U.S.)                        76.25 QF        
13.  Jess Rich (Australia)                        74.25           
14.  Hailey Langland (U.S.)                       73.00           
15.  Carla Somaini (Switzerland)                  70.75           
16.  Enni Rukajarvi (Finland)                     68.75           
17.  Brooke Voigt (Canada)                        67.75           
18.  Elena Konz (Switzerland)                     65.75           
19.  Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic)            65.50           
20.  Cheryl Maas (Netherlands)                    65.00           
21.  Sofya Fedorova (Olympic Athlete from Russia) 64.00           
22.  Isabel Derungs (Switzerland)                 59.25           
23.  Klaudia Medlova (Slovakia)                   50.50           
24.  Asami Hirono (Japan)                         37.75           
25.  Aimee Fuller (Britain)                       25.00           
26.  Katerina Vojackova (Czech Republic)          19.00

Ski GS Winner Ledecka & the 2 Coach Approach

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: 2 sports, 2 coaches

It’s emerged on social media that Women’s Olympic Ski GS Winner, Snowboarder Ester Ledecka, was told by her coach she couldn’t do both and should pick which sport she wanted to specialise in.

So, what did she do?

Ledecka found two new coaches willing to train her in both sports ;). Apparently, she now trains 3 weeks on skis, 3 weeks on snowboard – alternating between the two.

There is no such thing as “Can’t”. Surely one of the most inspirational stories of these Games to date.

Ledecka runs later this week in Snowboard Parallel GS and Parallel Slalom – both her more natural events.

Ledecka-skier-snowboarder


Snowboarder wins Women's Ski Super-G

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Czech snowboarder Ledecka wins Women’s Ski Alpine Super-G

In what must be the shock of the Games so far, a Czech snowboarder has successfully defeated the entire field of Alpine Super-G skiers to take Gold in the Women’s Super-G event.

Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka saw off competition from established rivals such as Vonn, Weirather, Gut and the defending Olympic Super-G title holder, Austria’s Anna Veith.

Ledecka, just 22, came into the event as a rank outsider rated just 43rd in the World Cup Super-G standings. Indeed, as Ledecka started down her run, Veith was already accepting the plaudits for retaining back-to-back Gold only to have it stripped by Ledecka who simply tore up the lower half of the course.

Ledecka’s time of 1:21.11 pushed Veith’s 1.21.12 into Silver medal place with Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather taking bronze in 1:21.22. Just the slimmest of margins maybe – but Gold nonetheless. USA’s Lindsay Vonn could only manage 6th.

Ledecka is the first racer to attempt both snowboard and ski racing at an Olympics. What a way to make your mark! We now look forward to seeing what she can achieve in her favoured (and more successful) events of Snowboard Parallel GS and Parallel Slalom – sports in which she’s current World Champion and former World Champion respectively.


Moioli Gold, Jacobellis 4th Women's Snowboard Cross

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Italy’s Michela Moioli wins Snowboard Cross Gold

Michela Moioli snatched Italy’s second Gold of the Games today in the Women’s Snowboard Cross final. She pulled ahead late in the race to beat France’s Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (just 16) and Czech Eva Samkova, coming in Silver and Bronze respectively.

The Final saw two athletes crash on the finish line after all six had been in contention in the early stages of the race. US Snowboard Cross specialist, Lindsey Jacobellis, would have to settle for fourth. Long-term afficianados will recall Jacobellis’ doomed victory salute in the 2006 Olympics where she fell just before the finish line handing Gold to Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden. .

RESULTS:

Overall
1.   Michela Moioli (Italy)                          
2.   Julia Pereira De Sousa (France)                 
3.   Eva Samkova (Czech Republic)                    
4.   Lindsey Jacobellis (U.S.)                       
5.   Chloe Trespeuch (France)                        
6.   Alexandra Jekova (Bulgaria)                     
7.   Charlotte Bankes (France)                       
8.   Raffaella Brutto (Italy)                        
9.   Tess Critchlow (Canada)                         
10.  Nelly Moenne Loccoz (France)                    
11.  Belle Brockhoff (Australia)                     
12.  Kristina Paul (Olympic Athlete from Russia) DNF 

Small Final
1.   Charlotte Bankes (France)                       
2.   Raffaella Brutto (Italy)                        
3.   Tess Critchlow (Canada)                         
4.   Nelly Moenne Loccoz (France)                    
5.   Belle Brockhoff (Australia)                     
6.   Kristina Paul (Olympic Athlete from Russia) DNF 

Big Final
1.   Michela Moioli (Italy)                          
2.   Julia Pereira De Sousa (France)                 
3.   Eva Samkova (Czech Republic)                    
4.   Lindsey Jacobellis (U.S.)                       
5.   Chloe Trespeuch (France)                        
6.   Alexandra Jekova (Bulgaria)


2nd Gold for Pierre Vaultier in Snowboard Cross

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: France’s Pierre Vaultier takes second Gold title

Pierre Vaultier of Team France retained his Gold medal in the Snowboard Cross in PyeongChang following a dramatic final at the Pheonix Snow Park. Vaultier beat Jarryd Hughes of Australia and Spain’s Regino Hernandez to take the title.

Earlier rounds saw spectacular crashes eliminating many of the favourites including Italy’s Omar Visintin who was DQ’d for a clash with Lucas Eguibar as well as Sochi Silver medalist Nikolay Olynunin who is reported to have suffered a broken leg in crash involving Vaultier and Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle.

Full results:

Big Final – Official

FRA
Pierre VAULTIER
1

AUS
Jarryd HUGHES
2

ESP
Regino HERNANDEZ
3

USA
Nick BAUMGARTNER
4

USA
Mick DIERDORFF
5

AUS
Alex PULLIN
DNF
Small Final – Official

AUT
Alessandro HAEMMERLE
1

GER
Martin NOERL
2

FIN
Anton LINDFORS
3

AUS
Cameron BOLTON
4

OAR
Nikolay OLYUNIN
DNS

CAN
Christopher ROBANSKE
DNS