Wind hampers Big Air event

Finland’s Enni Rukajarv enjoys the spoils of victory on the podium of the women’s Snowboard World...
Finland’s Enni Rukajarv enjoys the spoils of victory on the podium of the women’s Snowboard World Cup Big Air at Cardrona Alpine Resort on Saturday. PHOTO: WINTER GAMES NZ
It was a weekend for the international competitors as the Cardrona climate hampered the Snowboarding World Cup Big Air event at the Winter Games New Zealand.

American star Chris Corning surged to victory in Saturday's men's finals, backing up his feats in the corresponding event last year.

Sitting in third place after the first run, Corning (19) stomped a quad 1800 for a 95.50 from 100 to take the lead.

"It means everything," a delighted Corning said.

"This is what we come to do, this is what we spend all year training for.

"I'm happy to come out with the win."

Fellow countryman Redmond Gerard (19) finished second with a combo of a frontside 1440 tailgrab and a backside triple cork mute.

"Chris just did did a perfect backside quad so that's pretty nuts and I'm pretty pysched to see his victory lap," Gerard said.

Finland's Kalle Jarvilehto booked a spot on the podium as he pushed top qualifier Nicholas LaFramboise, of Canada, out of the top three.

Increasing wind speeds at Cardrona eventually led to officials pulling the pin on the women's finals early Saturday afternoon for safety reasons.

It was always a possibility, after the weekend forecast had led to Saturday's qualifiers being moved forward a day.

Friday's qualifying runs were carried forward and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi was crowned the victor .

Great Britain's Katie Ormerod and Silje Norendal, of Norway finished second and third respectively.

Kiwi snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott had to settle for fifth spot after her qualifying first run score of 78.25 on Friday.

The Wanaka 18-year-old will shift her focus to this weekend's slopestyle events at Cardrona.

The weather was also a factor at Coronet Peak on Friday as the Night Parallel Slalom dash was enveloped in fog.

The action resumes today with the alpine super G series at Coronet Peak and the freeski and snowboard halfpipe qualifiers at Cardrona.

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