Hadar stalls, fakes, wins The Session
VAIL – If at first you eat it, try, try again.Laura Hadar took full advantage of the multiple-run format during Friday’s Session Women’s Rail Jam to earn a cool $6,000.After taking a spill on one of her earlier runs, Hadar strung together several impressive runs to finish in first place. “I don’t fall and say, ‘I’m not going to do that anymore.’ It’s more, ‘I took too much speed (into the trick), and that’s why I fell,'” she said.On Hadar’s best run, she started out by shooting the gap between the bus stop rail and the S-Curve rail, then stalled on the rail at the top of the quarterpipe and pulled a 50/50 smith boardslide.Molly Aguirre made the most of her halfpipe skills on the quarterpipe, nailing several handplants and 540s, and placed second with $3,500.”I’m the only halfpipe rider here, so I had an advantage because I have some skill that other girls don’t,” Aguirre said, but she noted that the advantage was fleeting. “But all these girls are so amazing, and adapt well.”
And Marie France-Roy took some chances on her board, but was justly rewarded by the judges, who gave her $3,000, good for third place. Much like Hadar, France-Roy shot the gap en route to catching major air on the quarterpipe.”It’s not that hard, but I guess some girls were scared of the wall,” France-Roy said. What practice makesCompetitors tested the frozen water for the first few runs, getting a feel for speed, bumps and rails.By the last few runs, riders who had missed the gap or failed to pull a trick on the quarterpipe and a rail put together a full run.
“At the end of the day, there were a lot of tricks, and I think the girls got used to (the course),” France-Roy said.Aguirre got great runs in early, like her handplant into a 50/50 tailslide, but said she wish she had landed a few more of her tricks.”I landed some amazing tricks, but I think I over practiced today,” Aguirre said.But the judges were anything but critical on her performance.”In one round I did a couple of backside slides, and they gave me some points,” Aguirre said.Welcome back
Roy, who recently came back from elbow and back injuries, threw out a bag of tricks for the audience.She pulled a few Alley-oops, and her best rail of the day was a frontside 270 on the picnic table to a 180 slide on the kink rail.Rounding out the top five finishers were Chanelle Sladics in fourth with $850 and Ashley Thornton and Spencer O’Brien tied for fifth with $500 each.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado