Day 12 of the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games saw many of the world’s best snowboarders hit the Big Air at Cardrona Alpine Resort with Canada’s Maxence Parrot and Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller taking the gold.
In his first season of competing at an international level, Parrot is making his mark. Today’s backside double cork 1080 and 1260 mute grab were executed well and the difficulty was at the highest level. "Max showed a lot of style today. If he keeps training hard he will go far", said head judge, Iztok Sumatic. This is Parrot’s second Winter Games podium having taken bronze in the slopestyle on Sunday.
Parrot who is in New Zealand for his first time was grinning ear to ear. "It’s fantastic to be here", he said. "New Zealand is a super country and not at all like the area I come from in Canada where the tallest things are the buildings, not the mountains. I’ll definitely be back next year".
Second place went to Canada’s Antoine Truchon with a frontside 1080 tailgrab and a switch backside double cork 1080 mute grab. "While he touched on his landing, the trick was technical enough to earn him a spot on the podium", said Sumatic.
Rounding out the men’s podium was New Zealand’s own Milu Multhaup-Appleton another relative newcomer to the international competitions who in his first year of competition at this level placed second in Slopestyle at a World Cup in Barcelona. "Milu’s cab 900 melon and frontside 900 tailgrab were really well executed", said judge Ste’en Webster. "He showed nice amplitude and stomped his landings. It’s great to see a Milu doing well at this level of competition, he is showing good promise".
After a challenging season with a dislocated elbow followed by a rolled ankle, Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller and X Games silver medallist was happy to turn a page today taking the top spot amongst the women. Mittermueller attributed her success today in part to a desire to avoid hitting the knuckle and further injuring her ankle. "I knew I had to go big today to avoid injury", she said. "After a series of injuries and some bad luck I am really happy with today’s results and hope I’ve shown the German national team selectors that I’m capable". Silvia also has her sites set on competing in the new Olympic discipline of slopestyle in 2014.
"Silvia was a surprise", said Sumatic. "During the practice she was only doing straight airs but when it came to the competition she boosted out with a lovely switch backside 180 mute grab followed by a frontside 360 tailgrab which was also performed very well, with big amplitude". New Zealand’s Abby Lockhart and Shelly Gotlieb placed second and third respectively.