8 September 2017

Chloe Kim and Yuto Totsuka Win Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup 

Press Release September 8 2017

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (8 September 2017). The finals of the Snowboard Halfpipe provided an exciting finish to the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ World Cup schedule at Cardrona Alpine Resort today. 16 men and six women dropped into the 22-foot high superpipe with Chloe Kim (USA) and Yuto Totsuka (JPN) emerging as 2017 champions.

It was an all-American podium in the ladies competition with 17-year-old Kim beating 34-year-old Kelly Clark to the top spot by 2.5 points and top qualifier Maddie Mastro finishing with the bronze medal.

With plenty of medals already in her collection, including three from the X Games, Kim was delighted to be making her New Zealand debut.

“It’s my first Winter Games, it’s been awesome!” she said.

Kim threw down the gauntlet on her first run landing a clean frontside 1080 on her second hit and maintaining big amplitude all the way down the pipe for a score of 90.50. Sitting in first place but knowing she had three-time Olympic medallist Kelly Clark hot on her heels, she went for the step up run on her second attempt. Kim landed back to back 1080s but without the clean execution of her first run was unable to lift her score.

I was nice to land something, said Kim. On the second run I wanted to try the back to back tens but it was a bit wild. Cleaning it up for the next contest will probably be a priority for me.

Kelly Clark answered by also stomping a 1080 on her second run but couldn’t quite match the clean trick execution of her young compatriot and finished with a top score of 88.00 for second place.

“My first run was a bit wild, my second run was more the run that I wanted to do,” said Clark. “I’m really happy with where my snowboarding’s at at this time of year.”

Top qualifier from yesterday’s heats, Maddie Mastro was happy enough to finish in the medals.

“I can’t complain, I came here to have fun, that happened and landing on the podium was a bonus,” she said.

In a heavy-hitting men’s field, huge amplitude and technical tricks were the key to a medal-winning performance. It was a tight finish between the Japanese riders with Yuto Totsuka very happy to take the win just one point ahead of countryman and Olympic silver-medallist Ayumu Hirano.

Swiss halfpipe champion Patrick Burgener landed two solid runs for a top score of 88.50 in his 2018 season-opener.

“I’m happy I stomped my runs,” said Burgener. “It’s the first comp of the season, I stomped pretty much all the tricks, I just have to clean them up. I’m so happy, it’s good to be in New Zealand.”

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ snowboard events are jointly sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the World Snowboard Tour (WST). They provide a valuable opportunity for snowboarders from around the world to earn qualifying points for the Olympic Winter Games which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea in February 2018.

Podium runs

Chloe Kim (USA)

Backside air

Frontside 1080, tail grab

Cab 720, indy grab

Alley-oop, indy grab

McTwist, indy grab

 

Kelly Clark (USA)

Frontside air

Backside 540, mute grab

Frontside 1080, indy

Cab 720, mute grab

Frontside 720, mute grab

 

Maddie Mastro (USA)

Frontside 720, indy grab

Haakon flip, stalefish

Crippler, indy grab

Backside 540, mute grab

Frontside 540, stalefish

 

Men

Yuto Totsuka (JPN)

Frontside 1080, tail grab

Cab double 1080, mute grab

Frontside 900, tail grab

Backside 540, mute grab

Frontside double 1080, indy grab

 

Ayumu Hirano (JPN)

Indy

Frontside double 1080, indy grab

Cab double 1080, mute grab

Frontside double 1260, indy grab

Backside 540, mute grab

 

Patrick Burgener (SUI)

Frontside double 1080, stalefish

Cab double 1080, mute grab

Frontside 1260, tail grab

Backside 360, indy grab

Switch backside 720, indy grab