Stevenson Leads Slopestyle Qualifier at Junior Worlds
Ryan Stevenson (Washington, N.J.) put down the top score of the men's freeski slopestyle qualifiers Thursday at the 2018 FIS Junior Freeskiing & Snowboard World Championships. Cody LaPlante (Truckee, Calif.) was also among the 12 competitors to qualify for Friday’s slopestyle finals.
In the first qualifying heat, Japan’s Taisei Yamamoto nailed the most technical rail line of the day, putting him top of the leaderboard with a score of 86.00, while Stevenson and Norway’s Birk Ruud had a close battle for the top spot in heat two.
Stevenson just pulled ahead with a more technical combination of tricks, including a backswap on wallride, left 270 in, right 270 in, backslide 270 safety out, left double 1260 safety, switch right double 1080 Japan, switch left double 1260 safety to score 90.33. LaPlante finished fifth in heat two with a score of 63.66.
The women’s slopestyle qualifications are scheduled to take place on Friday morning, followed by both men and women’s finals at 1:30 p.m. local time at the Big Bucks Park at Cardrona Alpine Resort.