Alex Ferreira won his first major halfpipe victory at the FIS World Cup Finals on Tuesday at Tignes Resort in the French Alps. (Getty Images/AFP-Philippe Desmazes)
TIGNES, France (March 7, 2017) – The American skiers had an excellent showing at the final FIS World Cup halfpipe of the season on Tuesday, with Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO) grabbing the top spot and Taylor Seaton (Avon, CO) taking second for the men.
It was Ferreira’s first major podium of the year, and it was a big one—he topped Seaton by almost four whole points with his second run. The two Americans were joined on the podium by French skier Kevin Rolland, who took third.
Rolland was also awarded the crystal globe award for topping the overall 2017 FIS halfpipe standings. Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO) was the top overall American halfpipe finisher for the year, coming in third; he was ninth in Tignes on Tuesday.
For the women, Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) was the top finisher in Tignes with a fourth-place performance. She was also the top American finisher on the overall 2017 FIS points list, coming in third.
Marie Martinod won the women’s crystal globe for top FIS halfpipe points winner; she placed third in Tignes. Canadian Cassie Sharpe won the event and Japan’s Ayana Onozuka was second.
Americans also making the final: Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) was sixth; Birk Irving (Winter Park, CO) was seventh.
American halfpipe skiers will now head to the World Championships, which kick off Wednesday in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
Alex Ferreira won for the men. His third run scored 93.20.
Taylor Seaton was second for the men. His second run scored 89.40.
Both Annalisa Drew and Aaron Blunck finished third overall in the 2016-17 FIS standings.
It was the final FIS World Cup halfpipe of the season.