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  • Writer's pictureAlba Pardo

Chloe Kim (USA) and Ayumu Hirano (JPN) are the LAAX OPEN 2022 Halfpipe champions

What a way to wrap up the LAAX OPEN 2022! The supreme highlight of the week was, without a doubt, the Superpipe Night Finals under floodlights at Crap Sogn Gion. A truly magical atmosphere after sunset at 2,252 metres above sea level, combined with sensational riding and rapturous fans.

She did it again! Last year’s winner Chloe Kim (USA) is once more on the top step of the podium at the Superpipe Night Finals of the last FIS World Cup before the Olympic Winter Games and is thus a four-time LAAX winner! She secured her victory with her first run, untoppable by a single one of her competitors. Mitsuki Ono (JPN) came in second, with Spain’s Queralt Castellet completing the podium in third place.

Queralt Castellet by Alba Pardo

In the men’s competition, Ayumu Hirano dominated in commanding form. Nine years after his last victory here in LAAX, the Japanese, who also competed in the 2021 Summer Olympics in skateboarding, took the win. Jan Scherrer, multiple fourth place at the LAAX OPEN, finally made it onto the podium at Crap Sogn Gion with an incredible second run. Third place goes to triple Olympic champion Shaun White, rounding off the medal set at the OPEN contests in LAAX: 2008 gold in Slopestyle, 2009 silver in halfpipe, 2022 bronze in Halfpipe.

Shaun White by Ruggli

Winning runs:

Chloe Kim: backside air, frontside 1080 tail, cab 900 melon, switch backside 540 weddle, cab 1080 melon

Ayumu Hirano: frontside dub 1440 indy, cab dub 1440 weddle, frontside dub 1260 indy, backside dub 1260 weddle, frontside dub 1080 truck driver



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