Park City’s Sprint U.S. Grand Prix: Men & Women’s Ski Slopestyle Qualifying Recap – February 26, 2015

Melanie Harding/U.S. Freeskiing
Melanie Harding/U.S. Freeskiing
Melanie Harding/U.S. Freeskiing

With fresh snow falling on Park City Mountain Resort at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, the conditions were tough for the athletes in the Visa slopestyle skiing qualifiers on Thursday afternoon (February 26).

The two heats became a game of survival, with the snow making speed a major issue. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT), McRae Williams (Salt Lake City, UT), Chris Laker (Cincinnati, OH), Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO), Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) and Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA) qualified for Fridays finals.

With snow quickly accumulating on the Park City slopestyle course, the rails became sticky and the jumps hard to clear as the afternoon progressed. But it clearly made little difference for the Americans, as six qualified for the finals out of 10 possible spots. In the first heat, Williams grabbed the third spot, and Laker snagged the fifth, while Christensen, Kenworthy, Brown and Wallisch went one through four in the second heat.

I love being able to have a contest in Park City. This is the second year now that weve had a real platinum-level event at Park City, said Joss Christensen, who grew up in Park City. At the same time there is quite a bit of pressure being here, especially when my face is on all the posters. I think that pushes me, because I really want to do well and show how much I love skiing in my hometown.

The women also had to battle less than ideal conditions. Logan was the only American woman to qualify for the finals, taking fourth.

Hopefully I can bump my run up for finals and try some different tricks, said Logan.

The top 10 men that will be skiing in the Slopestyle Finals are:

Rank
Bib
Name
Year
Result
Level
Points
1 23
USA

CHRISTENSEN Joss

1991 95.00 50.00
1 51
NOR

STRIDSBERG-USTERUD Felix

1994 89.00 50.00
2 12
USA

KENWORTHY Gus

1991 93.40 40.00
2 13
CAN

MCEACHRAN Evan

1997 87.40 40.00
3 14
USA

BROWN Bobby

1991 90.60 30.00
3 15
USA

WILLIAMS Mcrae

1990 84.60 30.00
4 61
FIN

SAKKINEN Sami

1991 83.40 25.00
4 33
USA

WALLISCH Thomas

1987 87.80 25.00
5 21
GBR

WOODS James

1992 85.40 22.50
5 58
USA

LAKER Christopher

1993 83.00 22.50

The 5 women that will be competing in the Ski Slopestyle Finals are:

Rank
Bib
Name
Year
Result
Level
Points
1 11
SWE

DAHLSTROM Emma

1992 87.80 50.00
2 34
CAN

PURNELLE-FANIEL Anouk

1995 84.60 40.00
3 23
NOR

KILLI Johanne

1997 80.60 30.00
4 12
USA

LOGAN Devin

1993 78.80 25.00
5 21
SUI

TANNO Giulia

1998 78.40 22.50

The freeskiing slopestyle finals take place Friday at 1:15 p.m. MST.NBC Sports Live Extrawill stream the event live at 3:30 p.m. EST and NBC will air it on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

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