Laax, 21st January 2021. At the LAAX OPEN 2021, the imposing superpipe at Crap Sogn Gion was in focus today for the women’s and men’s semifinals. After months, the top stars of the Halfpipe scene were at the ready for a contest and raring to go. Two-time LAAX OPEN winner Chloe Kim (USA) came out on top in the women’s field, while young Valentino Guseli from Australia surprised in the men’s.

 

The women kicked things off to grab one of the 6 tickets to the finals. Olympic champion Chloe Kim (USA) returned to competition for the first time after a season off to concentrate on her studies and dominated the women’s field, clearly securing the semi-finals victory with a score of 94 out of 100 points in her first run. Last year’s winner Queralt Castellet proved herself still a force to be reckoned with in her 16th contest season with 3rd place. The pair are joined by three Japanese women – Mitsuki Ono, Sena Tomita and Haruna Matsumoto. Germany’s Leilani Ettel completed the field of 6 finalists in 5th place.

 

After the women, the men took over the superpipe with the sensation of the day being 15-year-old Australian, Valentino Guseli. Taking part in his very first World Cup here in LAAX, he achieved the highest score in the first heat with 95 points, beating top favourites such as two-time LAAX winner Scotty James (AUS)! Even in the
second heat, no rider came close to his score and thus Guseli was able to celebrate the day’s victory. Fellow favourite Yuto Totsuka (JAP) achieved the second highest score of the day with 84.75 points and the best Swiss was David Hablützel.

 

The night final on Saturday, 23.01.2021 thus promises plenty of excitement and action. Snowboard fans can watch it live online or on TV from 17:45 onwards.

 

Tomorrow the LAAX OPEN 2021 continues with the women’s and men’s Slopestyle finals.

 

All information about the event can be found at laax.com/open.

 

The complete results can be found here and in the press Dropbox, where there is further image material and media information for editorial publication.

 

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