The 12 finalists turned it into a fantastic final at the icy Genting Snow Park. Defending champion Jamie Anderson, the 2018 and 2014 gold medalist, had to settle for 9th place without being able to accumulate a clear run.
So for the first time there will be a new name on the honors list. Joey Sadowski topped the qualifiers, and the cards were already very good for her after the first run. The New Zealand player scored 84.51 points from the jury.
But the other women pulled all the stops. For example, the Japanese Phnom Kokomo Mures tried to pull the 1260, which would be historically significant in the slope style competition, but she was unable to land the trick.
Julia Marino, a 24-year-old American, made the second run better. With a stunning score of 87.68, he pushed Sadovsky into second place. The New Zealand player was bad on the second run, so he got a chance to capture the last gold in run 3.
She did. The 20-year-old, who already took bronze in the Big Air competition 4 years ago, was quiet and finished with some beautiful jumps including the Double Cork 1080. He advanced to 1st place again.
The discharge was good. He was the first athlete to win gold for his country at the Winter Games.
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