Kleveland opens season in style

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Marcus Kleveland performs in the Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Norwegian lands Winter Games win as Onitsuka and Sadowski Synnott shine.

Marcus Kleveland held off a strong second run from Darcy Sharpe to open the FIS Snowboard World Cup season with slopestyle victory at the Winter Games in New Zealand.

In the ladies event, Miyabi Onitsuka and emerging Kiwi star Zoi Sadowski Synnott grabbed second and third respectively behind winner Jamie Anderson.

Zoi Sadowski Synnott performs a dub wildcat in the female Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Norwegian Kleveland qualified fifth from his heat for the men’s final with American Chris Corning and Sharpe the most impressive qualifiers on the tight course.

In the final, however, Aspen Winter X Games gold medallist Kleveland came out strong from the outset to post 85.58 on the back of a switch back dub 10, cab 12 and back 14 combo.

Sharpe tried his best to displace him but fell short by an agonising 0.25 points with local rider Carlos Garcia Knight producing an excellent second run for third.

Billy Morgan performs in the Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Briton Billy Morgan finished in a creditable sixth place with American Judd Henkes eighth, compatriot Lyon Farrell 13th, Canadian Sebastien Toutant 15th and Belgian Seppe Smits last.

Eighteen-year-old Kleveland revealed, “I haven’t really been riding that much in practice, so I was just really happy to be riding a good course today.

“They really fixed up the jumps, and everything just flowed so much better. It’s the first competition of the season so Im really happy to start off with a win.”

Marcus Kleveland performs in the Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Anderson completed her third consecutive Winter Games New Zealand triumph with her first run, executing a cab double 9 on the last jump – only the second time she’s ever put it down on snow.

Japan’s Onitsuka linked a silky smooth rail section into a back 7, front 5 and cab 9 combo on her first run to finish clear in second and boost her confidence for the season ahead.

Zoi Sadowski Synnott performs in the female Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Sixteen-year-old local Sadowski Synnott ended the day with a super-clean run including the double wildcat that has already earned her World Cup podiums.

She declared, “I’m feeling really good. I got the run that I wanted, and I don’t even really mind about the result, I’m just so happy that I got that run!”

Briton Katie Ormerod finished just outside the podium in fifth on the tough technical track.

Katie Ormerod performs in the female Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Myabi Onitsuka and Zoi Sadowski Synnott pose for a portrait after making the podium in the female Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Darcy Sharpe, Marcus Kleveland and Carlos Garcia Knight are seen on the podium at the Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool
Darcy Sharpe, Marcus Kleveland and Carlos Garcia Knight in the mens Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
Marcus Kleveland poses for a portrait at Snowboard slope style during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on September 4, 2017 –
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Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool

 

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