HEAVY MEN’S FIELD FEATURES COLLINS, HENRICKSEN, WINKLEMANN, THORGREN
On the men’s side of things it’s Germany’s Leon Vockensperger leading the slopestyle standings with 182 points after taking the win Bakuriani, where he earned himself the yellow World Cup leader’s bib for the first time in his career.
However, Vockensperger and the rest of the top-6 ranked riders on the men’s slopestyle World Cup standings and not competing here in Spindleruv Mlyn, as post-Olympic injuries and other obligations have kept some riders away.
Seventh-ranked Tiarn Collins of New Zealand is here at the Audi SnowJam, however, and with 100 slopestyle points so far this season the crystal globe is definitely still on his radar if he comes through with a podium result this weekend.
Another southern-hemispherer with a shot at making a move on the slopestyle rankings this week is Valentino Guseli of Australia, as the 16-year-old halfpipe phenom made some noise two weeks ago in Bakuriani by very nearly taking the win – instead finishing just off top spot in second place for his first career World Cup podium. Guseli currently sits 11th on the slopestyle rankings and 10th on the Park & Pipe overall list.
The USA will be well-represented this weekend, with two of its very finest young riders leading the way in Dusty Henrickson and Luke Winkelmann.
19-year-old Henricksen has established himself as one of the smoothest, most stylish, and most deceptively technical riders in snowboarding over the past few seasons, earning his first World Cup win and Burton US Open second-place honours in 2020, before claiming X Games gold in 2021.
However, it’ been over a year now since Henricksen was on major slopestyle podium, and you know he’d like to make the trip Czechia worth it with a top-3 this week.