Kim Brings Home Gold, Mastro Bronze in World Champs Halfpipe
Chloe Kim (Torrence, Calif.) took home the halfpipe gold as U.S. Snowboard teammate Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.) grabbed the bronze at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, Friday at Utah’s Park City Mountain.
“I’m pretty stoked,” said Kim, who pulled out a new trick - a front double cork 1080 - for her victory lap after already securing the gold medal with a score of 93.50 “It’s been pretty rough to find a good halfpipe to do it in that’s safe and that’s fun to do it in. And so today, I was like, ‘I have a third run, why not try it?’ I really wish I would have gotten it, but at the same time I kinda knew it wasn’t going to go all right when I took off. But I’m pretty stoked on how it went and hyped to go home in one piece. So, it’s all good!”
Mastro claimed her first World Championships medal after finishing sixth at the 2017 World Champs in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
“I’m pretty stoked. It’s really fun to come out and put down runs and have fun with it,” Mastro said. “That’s what today was about for me. It’s awesome everyone [on team U.S. Ski & Snowboard] is ripping. We really pushed each other this week. It’s inspiring to have such a great group of girls all around you, from slopestyle to halfpipe.”
China’s Xuetong Cai took home the silver medal. 2018 Olympic bronze medalist and 2013 World Champion Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) finished fifth.
In the men’s competition, reigning Junior World Champion Toby Miller (Mammoth Lake, Calif.) just missed the podium, finishing fourth.
“I'm super excited,” said Miller. “The level of riding out there today was through the roof. Coming here and ending up fourth, I couldn’t be happier.”
Two-time defending World Champion and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Scotty James of Australia pulled the three-peat with another dazzling halfpipe performance. Japan’s Yuto Totsuka was second, followed by Switzerland’s Patrick Burgener taking his third career World Championship halfpipe bronze.