Lyon Farrell wins silver in halfpipe
New Zealand's Lyon Farrell has won a silver medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe at the junior world championships in Italy.
The 15-year-old, who lives in Hawaii but has a New Zealand father, was rewarded by the judges for boosting the biggest first-hit straight air of the event and followed this up with a well-executed front 7 to cab 7 to front 5 to back 5 combo finishing with a styley frontside air.
"I had food poisoning before the practice day, so was happy to be feeling 100 percent today for finals," he said.
"Everyone rode really well, the vibe at the top of the pipe was awesome and it feels great to get on the podium. I was focussing on a clean run and I'm just blown away to have placed second."
Farrell now has his sights set on the future.
"I want to do really well in World Cups and World Snowboard Tour events in the future and it would be great to be able to qualify for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018."
Slopestyle specialists Carlos Garcia-Knight and JJ Rayward demonstrated strong fundamental skills, performing well in their secondary discipline.
Garcia-Knight made it through qualifying and semi-finals and landed his first 720 in halfpipe competition to place 12th.JJ Rayward landed a personal best run in semifinals, getting tantalisingly close to making the cut for finals finishing in 13th place.
Snowboard coach Sean Thompson was happy with the team performance throughout the training and competition days.
"It was awesome to see the whole team step up to the plate in the halfpipe. We had some challenges to deal with, but the team remained positive, kept their composure and focussed on what they could control. This led to great individual performances and produced the results."
First place went to 18 year-old Tim Kevin Ravnjak, from Slovenia, who placed eighth at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last month.
The freeskiers, including Wanaka brothers Beau-James and Jackson Wells, take their turn on the halfpipe this weekend, while the snowboarders shift their attention to the slopestyle competition.
The Southland Times