Following his Gala in qualification, Leon Walkensparger (Rosenheim) finished tenth in the final of the 16 best. In the women’s section, Annika Morgan (Misbach) finished seventh in the final battle for the top eight. Nadja Fleming’s best German World Cup placement in Slopstein, who finished 13th at Park City two years ago, overtook both.
“Happy” despite tenth place
Already the runner-up in the World Cup at Lux this year, Walkensparger excelled in qualifying when he scored the highest with 92.25 points. In the final, they registered a score of 74.21 in the victory over Norwegian Marcus Cleveland (90.66), while Sebastian Toutant (Canada) took silver ahead of Rene Rinkengus (Finland). “I’m a little disappointed because it was really close with a view of the Olympic team and the top 8 placements,” Walkensperger said, “but I’m still happy.”
Praise the head coach for Mogan too
Morgan got 70.16 points on her second run and was putting on the curb. “It was really fun, the vibes are good,” said the 19-year-old, who also competes in Big Air. With 85.95 points, the World Cup gold went to defending champions Joi Sadowski-Sinnott of New Zealand, ahead of two-time Olympic champions Jamie Anderson (USA) and Tess Koeddy (Australia). “We are definitely super happy, we have taken another development step and shown where the team can go,” was the satisfied conclusion of head coach Michael Dummert.
Freestyle flyer in World Cup finals too
Germany’s freestyle snowboarders made it to the big event on the podium only twice: In 1997, Sabine Wehr-Hassler finished third at the World Championships in San Candido in South Tyrol, and a year later Nicola Thost won gold at the Olympics. Won – half cooked in both. In this discipline, André Höflich from Allagu will go to the ten finals on Saturday (9pm).