A memorable night at theVoss/Oslo Freestyle World Ski Championships yesterday saw O'Neill ridersdominate the podium hotspots. David Wise (USA) claimed his first ever halfpipetitle whilst fellow team mate Virginie Faivre (SWI) took the crown yet again.Freezing temperatures and a flawless pipe made for an exciting final with 12 ofthe world's best men and best women battling it out for the title of WorldChampion.
Attended by nearly400 athletes spanning 35 different nations, the biggest event of the FISFreestyle season got underway over the weekend. With the competition scheduleofficially kicking off on Monday, skiiers competed in the halfpipequalifications in an attempt to secure a place in last night's showdown. Andwhat a showdown it was, Oslo's Vinterpark was graced with the world's finestfreestyle talent duking it out for his and hers crowns.
Taking fourth place at the previous twoWorld Championships in 2009 and 2011, America's David Wise pulled out the stopslast night nailing him a winning 96.2 on his first run. Wowing crowds with a right-side double-corked 1260 muteto left-side double-corked 1260 mute secured him a well-deserved firstplace finish. Wise was joined on the podium by 17-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace (USA) taking second with (95.6) and ThomasKrief (FRA) taking third with a score 93.6.
Stoked on his gold,Wise commented 'I knew it wasgoing to be a good night right from the start. Finals at the WorldChampionships were absolutely unreal. Every single rider put down a solid run.So progressive. It's such an honour to be the new World Champion'.
Meanwhile the ladies champs saw Faivrehungrily battle for gold, scoring a winning total of 83.8 in her second run. Determined to retain her crown and impressingjudges with her crisp style and clean landings, Virginie's podium lead wasfollowed by Anais Caradeux from France with an 80.6 finish and Japans' AyanaOnozuka close behind with 80.4.
Faivre couldn'tcontain her excitement after her win telling reporters 'I am over moon with my second World Champion title. Youcan't imagine how happy I am. There are no words to describe how much joy thisvictory gave me. I had a rough time coming back from my head injury and this isthe biggest reward for all the hard work and the bad days I had in the lastyear. It's even better to share this amazing victory with my team mate David'.
Stay tuned for more news coming from VirginieFaivre as she is the host for the unique Nine Queens event from April 16 to 21st.