Australian snowboarder Tess Coady wins FIS World Cup GOLD

Photo credit: FIS Snowboard/Buchholz

Aussie slopestyle snowboarder, Tess Coady, took her first FIS World Cup winning podium at Seiser Alm in Italy overnight.

It’s the first gold for Australia in snowboard slopestyle in history – Coady had previously won her first FIS World Cup medal, and the first for Australia, a bronze at Snowmass in January 2018. 

19 year old Coady took to the F-Tech Snowparks designed course in Italy after a third place qualification score and stomped her winning run with a switch blunt slide to regular on the waterfall rail, a skate-style backside lip slide on the down rail out of the butter box, and a 50/50 backside 180 melon on the flat rail.

Through the jump line Coady hit a switch backside 540, a backside 720, and a corked frontside 720 on the final jump.

Translated? She did good, real good, with a score of 73.48 that put her in first place and kept her there. 

Tess Coady WINS World Cup Gold in Slopestyle

A maiden World Cup GOLD 🏅for Tess Coady! You’re AMAZING Tess!! 🏅🍾💪

Posted by Olympic Winter Institute of Australia on Thursday, 23 January 2020

 

“It’s my first slopestyle since the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, where I injured my knee” said Coady after the FIS event.

“I have so much respect for every person that’s gone through a knee injury. It’s such a long process. I had it in my mind that it would be like a year of rehab and I’d be back snowboarding, but the reality for me was that it’s taken about two years to get back. There’s a lot of hurdles to get over.

But I’m so happy I was able to persist through it all and I’m stoked to be back. I was expecting to come out here and just get some experience doing slopestyle and competing again because it’s been such a long time. I was not expecting to win.”

Katie Omerod of Great Britain took second place and Brooke Voigt of Canada, third. 

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