The ladies of freeskiing took to the superpipe for the second freeski semifinal of the day. With 2014 Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman in the field after being absent from last week’s U.S. Grand Prix event, this week’s women’s freeski superpipe competitions are sure to be intriguing – and it all started with today’s semifinal and last-chance qualifier (LCQ).
Perennial contender Devin Logan was a scratch, leaving 14 riders in the field for the semifinal. After a best-of-two run format, the top five automatically advanced into the final, while the next eight riders entered the last-chance-qualifier – a one run format where only the top score would advance.
Semifinal Moment of Truth:
Annalisa Drew was holding down the top score when she dropped in for her second run. With a spot in the final virtually secured already, she stepped things up even further in Run 2 – landing a right 540 mute, left 900 safety, alley-oop flat 540 Japan, left 540 mute, flair, left 720, and switch right 540. Drew was able to bump her score up a tad to further cement her status as the top qualifier. No one was able to top either of her two runs.
LCQ Moment of Truth:
With Roz Groenewoud leading the last-chance qualifier, it all came down to Brita Sigourney for the last spot in the final. Sigourney was putting down a solid run that looked like it would challenge Groenewoud’s for the top spot in the LCQ. Having already strung together a left 900 into a right 900 in the middle of her run, things were going good and the drama was building until Sigourney crashed on the final hit, allowing Groenewoud to hold on and advance.
Quote of the Day:
Annalisa Drew garnered herself some momentum heading into Friday’s final, but she knows the final will be a whole different game. “The pipe is really fun,” she said. “I don’t know [if this win gives me confidence for the final] because you have to start all over. I just want to land my run.”
*Top 5 advance to the final
*Top 1 advances to the final
Women’s Freeski Superpipe Final:
Watch the final this Friday, December 12th at 11:30 a.m. ET on DewTour.com/LIVE and the NBC Sports Live Extra app.