The top 3 Halfpipe male riders at 2016 Cardrona Games: 3rd Andre Hoeflich (GER), the winner Naito Ando (JPN) and 2nd Ikkou Anai (JPN), at Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka, New Zealand.
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While Kurumi Imai stood out in the women's finals of
the top six women, it was Naito Ando standing out in the men's finals which saw
the best twelve qualifiers going for the glory.
Backing up her performance in qualifying, Imai
earned her top score of 82 points in women’s snowboard with a smooth, well
controlled run showcasing a big melon air into big backside 5, front 7, cab 3,
finishing with a front 9.
Emily Arthur landed clean and technical runs but
lacking the amplitude of Imai she would have to settle for second place. Junna
Asaya, also from Japan, finished in third place.
O'Connor's dreams for a top podium
finish burst like a bubble
Top qualifier Seamus O’Connor was last to drop into
the pipe for men’s snowboard but unfortunately his podium aspirations were
brought to an abrupt end with a crash on his very first hit which put him out
of competition and opened the door wide for the riders from the land of the
rising sun with Naito Ando on 95.3 and Ikkou Anai on 89 points securing a
Ando brought home the win on his second run with
huge amplitude and stylish, technical tricks bringing the wow factor with a
huge front side 12 tail grab.
Germany’s Andre Hoeflich rounded out the podium as
third with 81.7 points.
Head snowboard judge Mike Hijgemann commented
“Several things played into our hands today: the weather was fantastic, and
thanks to the Cardrona Park crew the pipe was in immaculate condition which
meant the riders didn’t have any distractions and could really step up. The
level of riding was really impressive.”
By International Ski Federation (FIS).
results can be checked here.
The Cardrona Games
were jointly sanctioned as FIS Continental Cups and World Snowboard Tour
National level events. You can find out more about FIS here & WST here.
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