Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Norwegian lands Winter Games win as Onitsuka and Sadowski Synnott shine.
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.
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.”
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.
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.