Rampaging to History: Alex Schlopy Continues to Roll, Triumphs at First-Ever FIS Freestyle World Championship Slopestyle as Del Bosco Grabs Skier X Gold
Oakley’s young ski ripper Alex Schlopy is kickin’ arse, takin’ names and making history…ever so humbly, that is.
The Winter X Games Gold Medalist, fresh off a dazzling Big Air victory as an X rookie less than a week before, charged his way into the record books as the first-ever FIS Freestyle World Championship Slopestyle winner on his home turf in Park City, Utah this past week.
As the first Slopestyle event held at the World Championship event, it was hugely important for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who’s currently considering the event for the 2015 Olympic Games. Obviously no pressure.
But Alex stepped up the plate, busting out a 41.80 score in his second run – good enough to power past fellow Oakley rider Sammy Carlson (41.50) and Australia’s Russ Henshaw (41.20).
“Doing well in my home town is the best feeling ever,” said Alex, rockin’ his Oakley goggles and apparel. “I’m really really surprised. I tried not to expect too much from myself.”
Nonetheless, his feat was nothing short of making world history, U.S. history and freeskiing history. All sealed with Alex throwing down a killer run that featured a 270 disaster to bottom part of the down flat box, a front 450 out of the rail into a blind 450 out of the up-rail. On the jumps he busted out a corked left 900, a switch 1260 and landed a clean double cork 1260 on the money booter to power home.
But he wasn’t the only Oakley Ski Team rider putting on a big show for the IOC. Sammy Carlson, on the heels of his own X Games Slopestyle Gold, took the runner-up spot. Dazzling spectators himself, he put down a lip-270 on the down flat down box, then uniquely hit the A-frame rail with a switch 270 on to the side. Followed by a sick switch 450 disaster on the flat- down box to 270 out. All capped off by a switch right 720 into a switch-double-rodeo 900 and a huge left double-cork 1080.
“I wanted to put on a good show for the FIS,” Sammy said. “I couldn’t be more stoked coming in second.”
And we couldn’t be more stoked on Alex and Sammy representing huge for the U.S., the sport and Oakley.
Meanwhile, other Oakley shredders made some major noise of their own.
Kaya Turski, fresh off a Winter X 15 gold, ran a clean and tight rails section in the Women’s Slopestyle contest, guaranteeing her a shiny silver medal with a score of 41.70
O Ski Cross charger Chris Del Bosco snatched Gold in his event. On the heels of an X Games gold medal, Chris made a huge pass in the middle of the course during the men’s final, powering past the Czech Republic’s Tomas Kraus and clinging on for the win.
He triumph is a bit of a relief after he finished fourth at the Vancouver Games and the 2009 World Championships.
“I was wondering about these big event, if I could get it done,” Chris said, rocking his Oakley gear. Although a native of Colorado, he currently represents his father’s home country of Canada.
“It feels great.”
A silver metal in Women’s Ski Cross captured by Julia Murray and a Bronze in Men’s Pipe by Simon Dumont capped off Oakley’s super strong showing at the World Championships – reinforcing the fact that the ski world continues to be “o-wned” by the Big O.