SOURCE: Jr. Worlds - LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (August 29, 2010) ?¢‚Ç¨‚Äú Noah Bowman (CAN) and Britta Sigourney (USA) were today crowned as the first FIS Junior World Champions in the freestyle ski halfpipe.
A heavy overnight snowfall delayed start while the pipe was emptied of snow but by 1.00pm competition was underway for a two-run final.
Bowman threw down the run of the day in his first run, which in hindsight was good planning on his part. A huge left 5 mute into a right 7 tail, into a switch left 7 mute, right 5 reverse mute, left 9 tail, perfectly executed earned him 40.5. Walter Wood of USA and Kristopher Atkinson (CAN) took second and third respectively. Stop-start conditions and eventual dense fog saw the men?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s finals being decided on just one run causing disappointment among competitors who didn?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t land their first run which included one of the top riders, Byron Wells (NZE). ?¢‚Ç¨?ìI wasn?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t too worried about the weather,?¢‚Ç¨¬ù said Bowman. ?¢‚Ç¨?ìI did a safer run for my first run and was planning to do a harder one second time round but luckily I scored well on that first run."