Double victory for China and Canada at the sixth halfpipe competition of the 2007/2008 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup.
In front of 2,000 spectators along the halfpipe of CODA’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Jiayu Liu (CHN) and Brad Martin (CAN) were able to claim victory. The Chinese rider (46.4 points) who also took over the lead in the halfpipe World Cup in absence of so far leading Manuela Laura Pesko (SUI) relegated her fellow countrywoman Chen Xu (42.6) and Sophie Rodriguez (FRA, 37.8) to the second and third spot respectively. In the men’s night final, Brad Martin who had placed third in Calgary last year celebrated his career’s first ever World Cup victory by scoring 42.9 points. His teammate Jeff Batchelor (40.8) finished second - just like in Japan one week ago - edging Norway’s Tore Holvik by a lead of only 0.1 points to the third rank.
Brad Martin showed his gold performance right in his first run of the night finals. In the perfectly shaped halfpipe, the 21-years-old started with a backside air followed by a frontside 10 tail grab, a Cab 7, a frontside 9 tail grab, and finished with a frontside 5 mute grab”. That he claimed his first ever World Cup Gold in his home country was the icing on the cake: “I’m super happy especially because I didn’t do very well during the training sessions. But after all, I made it in the end.”
On the ladies’ side, the winning streak of the Chinese freestylers still goes on after the third consecutive win. It was the second triumph for Liu this season after she already had won in Korea. In addition, the circle came full for her with gold as last year the 17-year-old rider celebrated her first two podium results in Calgary placing second and third. After throwing in a frontside air, a backside air and another frontside air the new World Cup leader was
getting into some action with a backside 5 followed by a frontside 7 and a final Cab 3.
After the night finals Liu said: “The halfpipe was in perfect condition today.”