Matthew Ladley rides to the 2016 U.S Snowboarding Park City Grand Prix Friday in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images-Tom Pennington)
PARK CITY, UT (February 6, 2016) – Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) followed up his X Games gold medal with another dominating performance, winning his first FIS Snowboard World Cup at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Park City.
Ladley, who won the X Games gold in a one-run-and-done format due to weather last week in Aspen, was happy to earn the win at the next big competition of the season.
Matthew Ladley rode to his first FIS Snowboard World Cup victory at the 2016 U.S Snowboarding Park City Grand Prix. (Getty Images-Tom Pennington)
“It’s definitely not the way I would want to win X Games,” Ladley said. “I kept saying we’ll go to the next contest, and it worked out here again for me, so I guess just on to the next one.”
Jake Pates (Eagle, CO) took fifth for the men and combined with his fourth place finish at the Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix, he claimed the U.S. National Halfpipe title. Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA) was sixth and Brett Esser (Breckenridge, CO) was seventh.
Matt Ladley takes his first U.S. Grand Prix win at Park City.
The U.S. Grand Prix at Park City is a test event for the 2019 World Championships in Park City. The U.S. Grand Prix tour will continue February 10-12 with a groundbreaking event: the Polartec Big Air at Fenway, a scaffolding big air event situated in the center of one of America’s most iconic baseball venues: Boston’s Fenway Park. Never before has the U.S. Grand Prix featured a big air-only event, and never before has freeskiing and snowboarding been presented in such an historic American venue. Tickets to the Polartec Big Air at Fenway are on sale now.
Matt Ladley won his first World Cup event. His first run scored a 90.00: Backside 900, frontside 1260, backside air, frontside 1080, Cab double 1080
Ladley also won the 2016 X Games SuperPipe gold medal.
Matt Ladley It was great, I’m happy - I had a lot of fun first of all, which was nice, and just rode better than I have in a while. This year I just really want to go big because that’s what I have fun doing. I don’t really like chucking myself - those big tricks are definitely part of it and they’re getting much more comfortable for me - but going fast, going big and riding well, that’s my favorite part about this and so that’s what I focus on and I did that well today.
It’s great to be back on top of the podium, I’m always close, but I’m finally back on top.
It’s definitely not the way I would want to win X Games. I kept saying we’ll go to the next contest, and it worked out here again for me, so I guess just on to the next one.
Live Extra TV Schedule (times EST) Feb. 13, 4:00 p.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBC Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBC Feb. 17, 12:30 a.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBCSN Feb. 17, 1:30 a.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBCSN