Snowboarders Nicholls and Fuller advance in Stoneham

18 January 2014 / 08:54

Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller are finding form at exactly the right time as the last snowboard slopestyle World Cup before the Olympic qualifying window shuts heats up.

Nicholls progressed straight to the final in Stoneham after posting a best effort of 77.00 from his two runs in qualifying with Maxence Parrot the best of the lot with 89.66.

And, while Fuller didn’t follow suit, she remains in contention to do so after a score of 69.00 saw her make the semi-finals in Canada with Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas the best with 86.66.

Fellow Brit Katie Ormerod, who is just 16, was also in the women’s field in Stoneham but didn’t advance out of qualifying after scoring a best of 44.00 from her first run for 23rd place.

Slopestyle is a new addition to the Olympic programme for Sochi 2014 with athletes performing tricks on rails, quarter-pipes and jumps and Stoneham is the last chance to qualify.

The first final also took place in Quebec with another Brit, Sam Turnbull, placing seventh in the big air competition, which is an event not yet accepted onto the Olympic programme.

Turnbull scored 113.25 in the final after his best two runs were combined while 2011 world champion Petja Piiroinen claimed his first World Cup win with a total of 161.75.

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