Grand Prix: Rolland, Bowman top halfpipe podium in Friday night finals at Park City
This edition of the Grand Prix, with events going down both Friday and Saturday, rounds out a series of Olympic qualifying events; the competitions began with Dew Tour, went next to Copper Mountain, and from there, to Breckenridge. Following the conclusion of the ongoings here at Park City, the U.S. Freeskiing team will announce its Sochi-bound roster.
Under the lights this evening, we saw both the men and women take on Park City’s famed Eagle Superpipe. On the men’s side, Kevin Rolland emerged victorious, while Maddie Bowman earned top honors among the ladies.
In second for the men was Alex Ferreira. Placing third was Lyman Currier, who becomes the only American besides David Wise—who has already locked a spot on the Olympic team—to secure two podium finishes among the various qualifiers. Currier shared his excitement with us:
Rolland earned himself a win with a run that included a double 10 to open, a massive double cork 12 at mid-pipe and a switch double to close. It’s been two years since we’ve seen Rolland atop a major podium. We spoke with him following tonight’s award ceremony, as well:
Rolland back on top.
For the ladies, the French duo of Marie Martinod and Anais Caradeux earned second and third, respectively. Bowman, having already secured an Olympic berth via wins at Dew Tour and at the Grand Prix in Breckenridge, continues her winning ways; this marks four straight podiums for the Tahoe resident. Bowman struggled on her first run tonight, and pulled through on run two for the win. We spoke with her this evening, too:
Bowman shows off her new hardware.
With one full day of competition in the books, we now look ahead to Saturday, when we’ll essentially hit the reset button: we’ll see a slopestyle final for both the men and women in the morning, and a pipe final later in the evening. Points from today don’t carry over. Consider this a brand new contest. Despite being a bit hectic, the schedule allows for athletes to have one more stab at earning points toward Olympic qualification.
To see results from this evenings’s superpipe contests, click here.
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