The women's final slopestyle podium at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. 1. Keri Herman (USA) 2. Dara Howell (CAN) 3. Anna Segal (AUS) (Sarah Brunson/USSA)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Jan. 12) – Keri Herman’s (Breckenridge, CO) back-to-back switch tricks and clean landings sealed the deal for her second straight World Cup win at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. Herman’s first run featured one of the best displays of grabs fans have seen in women’s slopestyle skiing. Great Britain’s James Woods took the men’s title. The Grand Prix is the first domestic stop for athletes to gain Olympic qualifying points and AFP Platinum level event points. The weekend will be televised on the NBC Sports Network next Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) clinched her second straight FIS World Cup slopestyle win of the season in the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
Australia’s Russell Henshaw took second and Canadian Alex Beauliu-Marchand third.
Canadian Dara Howell took second and Australia’s Anna Segal third for the women’s podium.
Americans took four of the top eight spots including Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) fourth, Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) fifth, Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) seventh and Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) eighth.
American women took four of the top nine with Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT) sixth, Jamie Crane-Mauzy (Park City, UT) eighth and U.S.Freeskiing rookie Jess Breda (Marshfield, MA) ninth at just her second World Cup.
Keri Herman run: Lipslide first rail, bus stop to switch, switch right 720 safety-grab, switch right 540 Japan-grab, right 540 tail-grab.
The event also doubled as the U.S. Slopestyle Championship with Brown and Herman taking titles as top Americans.
Athletes gained valuable FIS Olympic qualifying points in addition to AFP Platinum level points.
The event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network next Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m EST.
QUOTES Keri Herman I am so happy! At Dew Tour in December I finished dead last and this is great! It’s so cool to have won both FIS World Cup’s so far; it’s a real honor to represent the USA at the top of the podium. I tried so hard to grab well in my run and it worked out. The field of competition was tough and I am lucky the score from my first run held, because I fell on my second run. This is such a good confidence booster heading into X Games.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE (times ET) Sat. Jan. 19 2:00-3:00 p.m. –Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, slopestyle, NBC Sports Network