South Korea’s Lee Chae-un and China’s Cai Xuetong have taken the lads’s and girls’s snowboard halfpipe titles, respectively, on the 2023 Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships.
The competitors, held in Bakuriani, Georgia, from Feb. 19 to March 5, noticed Lee make historical past by changing into his nation’s first-ever snowboard halfpipe champion.
The 16-year-old snowboarder grabbed the lead from the very starting of the competitors, scoring a powerful 93.50 on his first run.
“I can’t consider this second,” Lee stated after the occasion. “My head is blown! It’s a dream come true.”
Australia’s Valentino Guseli, 17, took dwelling silver by scoring 93.00 in his third and ultimate run. Beijing 2022 bronze medallist Jan Scherrer of Switzerland landed third place with a rating of 89.25.
Within the girls’s class, Cai received by way of a dominating 90.50 rating on her first run and maintained her lead all through all three rounds.
With the win, the 29-year-old snowboarding champ earned her third profession world title.
Canada’s Elizabeth Hosking completed in second place with 85.50 factors, whereas 18-year-old Ono Mitsuki of Japan took third place with a rating of 83.00.
Double Olympic snowboard halfpipe champion Chloe Kim didn’t compete within the occasion, after opting to prioritize her psychological well being and take a break throughout the 2022/23 season.
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