Wanaka talent comes out on top at NZ Freestyle Open Slopesty

Pictured: Wanaka’s Gustav Legnavsky competing in the qualifying heats of the Spy Optics NZ Freestyle Open RookieFest Slopestyle at Cardrona last Thursday. Photo: Black Peak Photo.

Wanaka’s Gustav Legnavsky landed on top amongst New Zealand men at the Spy Optics NZ Freestyle Open RookieFest Slopestyle finals last Friday at Cardrona Alpine Resort. He finished sixth in the 12-man final.

Strong winds required the cancellation of the women’s finals and results were taken from Thursday’s qualifying rounds, which meant that Queenstown’s Ruby Andrews finished second in women’s ski. 

“I’m so stoked,” said Gustav. “It’s the first time I’ve made finals in an open men’s slopestyle comp, I’m just really happy to get that run down.”  

Gustav put down his top scoring run (72.33) on his first attempt of two. His run was a ‘front 4 on A frame, k-fed on down flat down, back 6 on cannon, right 9 safety, switch bio 9 safety, cork 7 left safety.’

Wanaka’s Luca Harrington finished seventh overall.

The event is the second in the International Ski Federation (FIS) ANC Series and is also sanctioned by the World Rookie Tour. The next events in the ANC series will be held as part of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort starting on Monday.


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