Gasser and Sandbech claim world champs Gold in stunning big air show Anna Gasser (AUT) and Stale Sandbech (NOR) have crowned themselves new big air world champions at the Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in a thrilling final of the major event's last snowboard competition which saw both Gold medallists landing tricks they have never sticked in a contest before.
In fact, Gasser became the first women to ever land a backside double cork 1080 mute in a competition. Scoring the maximum of 100 points for the historical trick, she took her career's first title with a total of 189.50 after having also landed her signature cab double cork 900 mute before.
After her win Anna Gasser said "I haven't really realised it yet. I'm so happy, especially that I have put down the backside dub 1080. I have been thinking of this trick for quite a while now. In fact, the world championships title is the icing on the cake. Today, everything just came together. I knew I had to land my first tricks clean. I got good scores on them, and then I knew that it's now or never to go for it."
Enni Rukajarvi (FIN; 165.25) and Silje Norendal (NOR; 162.75) took the respective Silver and Bronze in the women's final which will not be soon forgotten as all six ladies were going for it showcasing under the lights how fast women's snowboarding is progressing right now.
The UK's Aimee Fuller finished in 18th place.
Over in the men's event, Sandbech, who had just been able to ride again before Christmas coming back from a second meniscus surgery he had to undergo after the first one didn't went well, stuck a cab 1440 tail in the semis as well as the finals.
However, it was his backside triple cork 1440 and a frontside 1440 tail the judges liked more giving him a total of 188.25 in the three run, best two count final edging off Chris Corning (USA; 182.75) to the second rank.
Sandbech said "Hell yeah! It's amazing. I mean, I was able to land all of my runs in the finals, actually three different tricks, three different rotations which I kind of mostly did for myself to prove that I can do it. It's been a good night. [on his way back to top after injury] I kind of have been pushed into competitions right away where I had to learn my tricks of last year again. I have been struggling a bit with the confidence to not being scared. But the last two weeks until now have been a confidence boost, and I feel myself and my snowboarding again."
Marcus Kleveland (NOR; 177.25) rounded out the podium as third which was swept by world championships novices.
The UK's Matt McCormick finished in 27th place and Jamie Nicholls in 48th. Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas DNS.