Ryan Stassel, of Anchorage, Alaska, shreds to first place in the World Championships slopestyle in Kreischberg, Austria on Wednesday. (photo: Getty Images-AFP/Michal Cizek/courtesy US Snowboarding)

Alaska’s Ryan Stassel Wins World Championships Slopestyle Title

Kreischberg, Austria – Olympian Ryan Stassel of Anchorage dominated the slopestyle field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title in Kreischberg on Wednesday, while teammate Kyle Mack, of West Bloomfield, Mich., earned bronze. The two were separated by 2013 World Champion Roppe Tonterri of Finland, who took the silver.

In a three run best-of format, Stassel showed the world that he meant business on Kreischberg’s six-feature course, earning the two highest scores of the day. Stassel was the only rider in the field to land three 1260s, including a frontside double cork 1260 off the first jump, which earned him one of the highest scores in World Championships history (97.50).

Ryan Stassel, of Anchorage, Alaska, shreds to first place in the World Championships slopestyle in Kreischberg, Austria on Wednesday. (photo: Getty Images-AFP/Michal Cizek/courtesy US Snowboarding)
Ryan Stassel, of Anchorage, Alaska, shreds to first place in the World Championships slopestyle in Kreischberg, Austria on Wednesday. (photo: Getty Images-AFP/Michal Cizek/courtesy US Snowboarding)

Tonteri’s silver medal run consisted of a cab 270 to backside boardslide, halfcab to 50/50 to backside 360 out, frontside 1080 inverted, backside 1260 double cork, halfcab to 50/50 to backside 180 out, cab 1440. 17-year-old Mack put down two 1260s and frontside double 1080 to earn his first World Championships medal.

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“I was pretty nervous on top, but once you drop in it turns into excitement and you just ride. I’m speechless,” said Stassel, after the event. “I have been working on that run for a long time and it feels really good to finally pull it all together here at the World Championships.”

On the women’s side, Miyabi Onitsuka from Japan took first, Anna Gasser from Austria second and Klaudia Medlova from Slovakia third.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2015 FIS Snowboard World Championships

Kreischberg, Austria – Jan. 20, 2015
Slopestyle

Men

Rank Bib Name Year Nation Result
 1  36 STASSEL Ryan 1992 USA  97.50
 2  38 TONTERI Roope 1992 FIN  93.75
 3  1 MACK Kyle 1997 USA  92.75
 4  6 SHARPE Darcy 1996 CAN  90.75
 5  8 BOESIGER Jonas 1995 SUI  84.00
 6  7 CICCARELLI Michael 1996 CAN  82.25
 7  49 NECAS Jan 1984 CZE  78.75
 8  10 KUNDRATITZ Philipp 1995 AUT  72.50
 9  3 HEDBERG Mans 1993 SWE  69.75
 10  35 O CONNOR Seamus 1997 IRE  54.50
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Women

Rank Bib Name Year Nation Result
 1  27 ONITSUKA Miyabi 1998 JPN  92.50
 2  2 GASSER Anna 1991 AUT  89.50
 3  28 MEDLOVA Klaudia 1993 SVK  84.25
 4  3 CANDRIAN Sina 1988 SUI  79.50
 5  29 BLASMAN Jenna 1993 CAN  61.25
 6  1 GYARMATI Anna 1993 HUN
 7  22 FULLER Aimee 1991 GBR  69.50
 8  36 SUITIALA Ella 1989 FIN  34.50
 9  12 SHORR Karly 1994 USA  21.00
 10  8 JENSON Jessika 1991 USA  14.00

 

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