The final event of the Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships couldn’t have asked for a more thrilling conclusion, in a Ski Slopestyle final that went right to the wire in the last round of runs. After scoring 89.60 in the first run and 90.40 in the second, British skier James Woods looked destined to win gold, but a disappointing third run proved costly.
Gus Kenworthy from the USA took the lead with a third run scoring 91.80 and sights on the top step of the podium, but the latter would have to settle for silver and Woods the bronze.
McRae Williams produced a stunning last run, scoring 93.80 with all or bust display. After claiming his medal, McRae admitted he «needed to ski to the limits» with that last run, including a triple cork which hadn’t been part of his plans initially. «In the end and on the last jump I did the triple cork. I was a little bit nervous about that, because I hadn’t practised it in training, but I knew the jump was high enough. Sometimes things just work out», he explained with satisfaction, after the race yesterday. The ladies event gold was claimed by the youngest competitor in the final, 16-year-old Tess Ledeux of France.
Her best score of 85.60 enough to surpass Emma Dahlstrom of Sweden scoring 83.80 for silver and 83.20 by British skier Isabel Atkin for the bronze medal.