Hunziker, Murud make slopestyle history

Cyrill Hunziker and Linn-Ida Murud were both celebrating making history in Jyvaskyla – becoming the first athletes to claim FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup wins in slopestyle.

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With slopestyle, an adventurous form of freestyle skiing or snowboarding, set to take its place on the Olympic programme in Sochi in 2014 it made its World Cup debut in Finland.

And Hunziker and Murud were the biggest benefactors of the maiden event as they showed superior skills on the piste to take gold in the men’s and women’s respectively.

Each athlete has two runs in which to post their best score in slopestyle and Hunziker used his second outing to full advantage posting a winning score of 94.8 after 88.2 first time.

Home hope Jussi-Antti Kemppainen had to settle for second after recording 92.4 from both of his runs while Norwegian Kristian Per Hunder claimed third in a tight competition with 92.2.

And it was equally as tight in the women’s with Murud recovering from a poor opening effort of just 47 to score 86.4 second time around and top the podium.

Eveline Bhend of Switzerland was placed second after a score of 85.8 with Slovakian Natalia Slepecka third with 84.6 with the second and final World Cup slopestyle event next weekend in California.

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