Cardrona NZ freeskier Kuzma third in today’s finals of the halfpipe

01/03/2015 by Steve Knowles

Credit - Sarah Brunson

Cardrona NZ freeskier Janina Kuzma (Wanaka), has finished third in today’s finals of the halfpipe at the Sprint US Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort in the U.S.A.

Five women contested the three run final after top qualifier Maddie Bowman of the U.S.A was unable to start. Ayana Onozuka of Japan took the overall win with her second run score of 83.60. Sabrina Cakmakli (GER) was second, also posting her highest score (79.80) on her second run.

Janina Kuzma would save her best for last, finishing her third run with a score of 74.40. Initially sitting in second place at the end of round one but still needing to up the ante as her fellow contestants also began upping their scores, the Kiwi improved her score with each of her three runs.

Park City is the final stop on the three-stop tour which has attracted a field of top ranked international freeskiers. The freeskiing events at Park City are sanctioned as World Cups by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and Platinum level events by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP).

Snowboarder Christy Prior (Kaukapakapa) finished fifth in yesterday’s women’s snowboard slopestyle finals. Cheryl Maas (NED) placed first, Karly Shorr (USA) second, Elena Koenz (SUI) third.

Jossi Wells (Wanaka) finished seventh in qualifying rounds for the men’s freeski slopestyle on Thursday, missing out on a spot in the finals. Penalised for a missed grab in an otherwise exceptional run, his high score of 81.80 fell short of near-perfect standards set by US skiers Joss Christensen (95.00) and Gus Kenworthy (93.40).


Freeski results here:

Snowboard results here: