Voss-Myrkdalen, NOR - And just like that, the 2016/17 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup season is over after back-to-back big air competitions on Friday and Saturday in Norway’s Myrkdalen resort. Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) took the win in both of the ladies’ contests on her way to claiming the first-ever FIS Freestyle ladies’ big air crystal globe.
Dahlstrom finished the campaign with three wins, five total podiums and 453 points in six contest to best the 360 points of Silvia Bertagna (ITA) and the 225 of Mathilde Gremaud (SUI).
"It's freaking awesome to be the big air World Cup winner," said a smiling Dahlstrom from the finish area on Saturday, "This is the second globe to add to my collection, and I've worked so hard for this. I was just telling the other girls, you travel so many miles to get one of these and I'm so honoured and grateful."
This weekend’s competitions in Voss-Myrkdalen saw some heavy hitting going down on the smooth Norwegian big air set - at least, once the weather cooperated and allowed the athletes to really go off on Saturday
Friday’s contest, however, saw some heavy snow throughout the day, making it tough for the riders to find the speed necessary for their top tricks. Still, Dahlstrom was able to stomp a pair of big 720s to earn a two-jump score of 171.20 points to best Bertagna’s 160.00 and take the ladies’ win, with 18-year-old Tora Johansen scoring her first career podium in third.
If Friday was a nice appetizer, Saturday’s main course in Voss-Myrkdalen was a true feast, with triples coming fast and furious in the men’s competition and some stylish 900s and 720 variations on the ladies’ side.
Dahlstrom would take her second win on the weekend with a sweet switch left 720 double Japan and a corked 720 reverse Japan, earning a score of 174.40 to once again edge Bertagna and her score of 170.60. Kea Kuehnel (GER) rounded out the final podium of the season in third with a score of 129.60.