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Gasser places top, Rukajärvi 3rd at FIS WC in Aspen

Published : 22 Mar 2021, 21:14

Updated : 22 Mar 2021, 21:19

  DF News Desk

File picture of Enni Rukajärvi (R) of Finland pose for group photos after the ladies' snowboard slopestyle final at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, on Feb. 12, 2018. File Photo Xinhua.

Austria's Anna Gasser won the women's snowboard slopestyle title at the FIS World Cup in Aspen, the United States on Sunday, reported Xinhua.

Gasser, the reigning Olympic big air champion, finished atop the podium with 81.90 points. The last time she had won the World Cup slopestyle gold was back in the 2016/17 season.

"Today I came with the mindset that I just wanted to send it, I didn't want to be fourth place again. It was all-or-nothing kind of and I'm glad it worked out," said Gasser.

Silver went to American flyer Hailey Langland, while Finland's Enni Rukajärvi ranked third.

In the men's competition, Marcus Kleveland of Norway had a clear victory with 87.58 points, followed by home favorite Redmond Gerard and Canada's Mark McMorris.

"I couldn't be more happy to be going back to Europe with two medals and the World Cup win and a good vibe, for sure," said Kleveland, who also won slopestyle gold at the 2021 Aspen World Championships.

Kleveland and Gassner both top the overall and slopestyle World Cup standings.