Sildaru shines on World Cup debut

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service

Kelly Sildaru performs Switch10 in the female ski slopestyle during the Winter Games at Cadrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on August 26, 2017 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Estonian slopestyle star seals a first World Cup win in New Zealand aged 15.

Kelly Sildaru may still be six months shy of her 16th birthday but has now added her first World Cup win to her name.

Already a two-time Winter X Games winner in slopestyle, the World Cup event in Cardrona, New Zealand, earlier this week was the first one in which the 15-year-old was eligible to compete in because of her age.

And as she has in her promising career to date, she once again showed that age was no barrier as she qualified in first.

Kelly Sildaru performs on the rail bridge in the womens ski slopestyle during the Winter Games at Cadrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on August 26, 2017 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

The Estonian then lived up to that billing in the main event with a 360 switch-up over the bridge rail into the quarter pipe followed by a greased 450 onto the flat-down rail, and switched 270 on the Audi wall capped off with a continuing 270 safety out.

Added to that was a right cork 7 tail into a left 9 tail, all finished off with a stomped switch 10 high mute.

After her golden run, she said: “Yesterday, I didn’t land my first run but today I landed both my runs so I’m really happy.”

Kelly Sildaru performs right cork 7 tail grab in the female ski slopestyle during the Winter Games at Cadrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on August 27, 2017 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Sildaru has all manner of firsts to her name, including the first Switch 1260 mute and 1440 in competition, both achieved at the Winter X Games earlier this year.

In New Zealand, while many of her rivals suffered crashes, Sildaru was a model of consistency throughout.

Winners Jennie-lee Burmanssson, Kelly Sildaru and Giulia Tanno celebrate on the podium after the female ski slopestyle during the Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand on August 27, 2017 –
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Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool

 

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