Willcox misses slopestyle final
New Zealand's Anna Willcox finished 15th and missed out on qualification for the final of the Winter Olympic women's freeski slopestyle event in Sochi last night.
Competing in the sport's Olympic debut on the Rosa Khutor course, Willcox struggled in the second round and didn't complete the run, meaning she was unable to improve on her score from the first round.
The fourth skier away in the first round, the 21-year-old from the North Shore put down a solid run of 62.40, which was initially good enough to boost her into second place.
As the leading contenders made their way down the 565m course, Willcox, who is ranked 23rd in the world just three years after taking up the sport, slipped back down the field but finished the first round right on the bubble, in 12th place with the top 12 going through to last night's final.
The first round was marked by a dramatic fall by reigning world and X Games champion Kaya Turski, from Canada, which saw her relegated to 20th in the 22-strong field.
Turski fell again in the second round when she hit the knuckle of a jump to miss out on qualification. 17-year-old German Lisa Zimmermann, the leading competitor on the FIS World Cup series, also fell in her first run and was unable to qualify.
Canadian Dara Howell, the world No 1 in the FIS slopestyle rankings, confirmed her favouritism as the leading qualifier for the finals, ahead of compatriot Kim Lamarre and Great Britian's Katie Summerhayes.
- The Southland Times