FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD Preview: Mammoth Mountain hosts World Cup in Halfpipe and Slopestyle

World Snowboard Championships gold medalist Chris Corning (USA)

The World Cup Freestyle Halfpipe and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle seasons will finish this weekend at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, assuming the heavy winter weather will allow it. The finals schedule:

8 March: Freestyle and Snowboard Slopestyle
9 March: Freestyle and Snowboard Halfpipe

In Freestyle, the Halfpipe schedule will end this weekend, but the Slopestyle competitors will have one more event, at the end of March in Switzerland. The current situation:

Men’s Halfpipe:
1. 210 Nico Porteous (NZL) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze medalist
2. 176 Simon d’Artois (CAN)
3. 160 David Wise (USA) ~ 2014-2018 Olympic Champion
4. 146 Hunter Hess (USA)
5. 120 Miguel Porteous (NZL)

Men’s Slopestyle:
1. 158 Max Moffatt (CAN)
2. 152 Oliwer Magniusson (SWE)
3. 129 Alex Hall (USA)
4. 125 Mac Forehand (USA)
5. 107 Henrik Harlaut (SWE)

Women’s Halfpipe:
1. 210 Rachael Karker (CAN)
2. 196 Kexin Zhang (CHN)
3. 180 Cassie Sharpe (CAN) ~ 2018 Olympic gold; 2019 Worlds silver medalist
4. 134 Fanghui Li (CHN)
5. 110 Brita Sigourney (USA) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze; 2019 Worlds bronze

Women’s Slopestyle:
1. 204 Eileen Gu (USA) ~ 15 years old!
2. 180 Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) ~ 2018 Olympic Champion
3. 121 Megan Oldham (CAN)
4. 110 Julia Krass (USA)
5. 100 Kelly Sildaru (EST) ~ 2019 Halfpipe World Champion, still 16 years old!

In Snowboard, this is the end of the season for both men and women in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle, so everything will be settled – weather permitting – in Mammoth:

Men’s Halfpipe:
1. 2,760 Yuko Totsuka (JPN) ~ 2019 Worlds silver medalist
2. 2,210 Ruka Hirano (JPN)
3. 2,000 Scotty James (AUS) ~ 2018 Olympic bronze; 2019 World Champion
4. 1,920 Jan Scherrer (SUI)
5. 1,600 Ikko Anai (JPN)

Men’s Slopestyle:
1. 1,800 Chris Corning (USA) ~ 2019 World Champion
2. 1,500 Takeru Otsuka (JPN)
3. 1,410 Lyon Farrell (USA)
4. 1,330 Stian Kleividal (NOR)
5. 1,300 Ryan Stassel (USA)

Women’s Halfpipe:
1. 2,900 Xuetong Cai (CHN) ~ 2019 Worlds silver medalist
2. 2,120 Queralt Castellet (ESP)
3. 2,000 Chloe Kim (USA) ~ 2019 World Champion
4. 1,960 Kurumi Inai (JPN)
5. 1,810 Verena Rohrer (SUI)

Women’s Slopestyle:
1. 2,000 Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN)
2. 1,700 Reira Iwabuchi (JPN)
3. 1,680 Isabel Derungs (SUI)
4. 1,600 Silje Norendal (NOR) ~ 2019 Worlds silver medalist
5. 1,600 Sina Candrian (SUI)

The women’s Halfpipe situation tilted in favor of Cai after Kim suffered a broken ankle while finishing second last week at the Toyota U.S. Open in Vail, Colorado. But the weather could scramble everything; those who can handle the changing conditions will be the medal winners.

Look for Freestyle results here, and Snowboard results here.

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