Anna Gasser Austria and Hasegawa taiga The Japanese won the women’s and men’s Big Air titles respectively at the 2023 FIS World Cup in Kreischberg on Saturday (January 14).
Gasser, Olympic champion from Great Britain Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, was 179.75 for the best two of her three runs. New Zealand Zoi Sadowski Synnottwho won the slopestyle gold in Beijing, was second (176.50), followed by the Japanese Murase Kokomo (174.50). The trio finished the Big Air event at the Olympics a year ago with a 1-2-3 record.
In the men’s competition, Hasegawa, just 17, took his first World Cup win with a score of 186.00 as part of the Japanese’s podium finish. Kimata Ryoma (182.50) and Kira Kimura (181.75) he finished second and third respectively.
As the final Big Air World Cup event of the season, the 2022/23 Grand Air Crystal Balls were awarded to Japan Iwabuchi Reira and Australia Valentino Guseli.
17-year-old Guseli made history as the first Australian to win the honour. He won with 214 points while USA Chris Corning he was second with 196 points and a Norwegian Marcus Kleveland finished third overall with 140.
In the women’s crystal ball competition, Reira won with 192 points, Kokomo was second with 182 and Gasser third with 180 points.
FIS World Cup 2023 – Kreischberg – Big Air – results
1. Anna Gasser, 179.75
2. Zoi Sadowski Synnott, 176.50
3. Murase Kokomo, 174.50
4. Onitsuka Miyabi, 167.00
5. Mia Brooks, 165.75
6. Asanuma Hinari, 151.00
7. Melissa Peperkamp, ????118.00
8. Iwabuchi Reira, 100.50
1. Hasegawa taiga, 186.00
2. Kimata Ryoma, 182.50
3. Kimura Ryoma, 181.75
4. Valentino Gusel, 180.00
5. Ogiwara Hiroto, 165.75
6. Emiliano Lauzi, 142.00
7. Chris Corning, 128.75
8. Oyvind Kirkhus, 121.75