Alex Bellemare and Tiril S. Christiansen prevail at the exciting Olympic slopestyle test event in Phoenix Park, South Korea.
Perennial Canadian competitor Alex Bellemare and Norwegian slopestyle ace Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen topped the men’s and women’s podiums at today’s slopestyle event in Phoenix Park, South Korea.
Here is Alex Bellemare’s winning run from today in Korea!!! I am so hyped!!! Holding it down for CANADA!! Congrats my friend!!
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Maggie Voisin and Emma Dahlstrom took second and third behind Christiansen, while Henrik Harlaut and Jossi Wells rounded out the men’s podium.
The competition, a FIS World Cup event, functioned as the official test event for the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, and featured a highly innovative course design from German terrain park company Schneestern (SST) that had both athletes and commentators (like us) marveling.
“This is easily one of the best slopestyle courses I’ve gotten the chance to ride,” said Noah Wallace, who placed 9th in today’s mens finals. “With so many variation options, it’s made for a much more entertaining contest.”
Nick Goepper, who didn’t make finals, said it even more directly: “It’s the most unique and fun Slopestyle course ever. I really like the direction that the builders are taking.”
Schneestern founder Dirk Scheumann, who led the team that designed and constructed the course, said that this slopestyle was the result of many months of preparation and collaboration.
“In the last months we collected feedback from the athletes and talked with the coaches,” said Scheumann. “We had an internal meeting at SST with our shapers. Then I added my own personal vision, and mixed it all up together.”
Can we expect to see more slopestyle courses like this one in the future? Scheumann says yes.
“In my opinion, this is just the beginning,” he says. “Slopestyle is such a creative sport, and the next course designs are already ready.”
If you’re like us and still aren’t quite used to World Cup slopestyles on live TV, you might have missed the broadcast earlier today. You can pay €5.99 to watch a recap of the coverage on the Eurosport Player—complete with absolutely terrible English commentating.
Mens Final Results
Womens Final Results
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