THE new Winter Olympic sport of slopestyle skiing is looking increasingly like a medal winner for Australia at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Russ Henshaw enjoyed the best win of his winter sports career with victory at the Dew Tour event in Breckenridge, Colorado while compatriot Anna Segal (pictured) finished third in the women’s event.
After qualifying for the 12-man final with the fourth highest score in the semi-final, Henshaw found another level, blitzing the field with his first run of the day, scoring 84.50.
Norwegian Andreas Hatveit, the 2008 X Games gold medallist, finished second with 80 points and Swede Henrik Harlaut took third place with 78.75 points.
Henshaw already showed his bona fides in the sport which will make its Winter Olympic Games debut at Sochi in 14 months, coming second at last year’s X Games and third at the world championship.
Similarly, Segal also has a proven track record in the sport which is held in a purpose-built terrain park and sees competitors judged on their jumps and tricks.
She took out the world championship last year and is regarded as one of the early favourites to claim gold in Russia.
At Breckenridge Segal qualified with the second highest score in the semi-final before finishing with a 56.75 total.
She was joined by Canadian duo Kaya Turski (87.25) and Yuki Tsubota (72.25) on the dais.
It was the third consecutive year that Segal finished on the podium at the event.