Sarka Pancochova slays women’s Copper Grand Prix slope, Isabel Derungs takes second

Comments by Kelli Lynn Hargrove/

The women’s Copper Grand Prix slopestyle competition went off this morning, and while the US made an incredibly strong showing under the lights at Saturday night’s halfpipe finals, with both the US men and women sweeping their respective podiums, slopestyle finals proved a different story.

The women’s Copper Grand Prix slopestyle podium was topped by Czech ripper Sarka Pancochova, flanked by Swiss riders Isabel Derungs in second, and Elena Koenz in third. A day that began as bitter and bluebird turned blustery as the women battled it out on the slope course, and a solid line seemed hard to come by as the ladies made their first runs. Ty Walker wrapped up round 1 in first, being the only rider to make it from top to bottom without falling.

Despite rough winds, second runs proved a bit stronger, and though US favorite Jamie Anderson wasn’t able to stomp either run, Pancochova, Derungs, and Koenz stepped up and laid down the top three runs of the day, Pancochova nailing the win with a transfer to frontside 180 off down-flat-down, switch nose slide backside 180 off the tube, switch backside 180, and backside 360, all tied up with a final frontside 540.

Sixteen year old Ty Walker, out of Steamboat Springs, CO, fell from the top spot during second runs, though she still managed to finish 4th, and in doing so  fulfilled her objective criteria for Olympic qualification. She also took the top finish among the Americans, which allowed her moved her up in the standings behind Jamie Anderson.

The next stop, and 3rd of 5 Olympic qualifiers, will go down in Breckenridge on January 8, 2014.

Results

1. Sarka Pancochova

2. Isabel Derungs

3. Elena Koenz

4. Ty Walker

5. Enni Rukajarvi

6. Cheryl Maas

7. Jamie Anderson