Saturday, February 18, 2012
Steamboat Springs Even without some of the top tricks, Steamboat Springs’ Matt Ladley finished second Saturday at the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway.
Ladley’s second of three runs in the finals put him on the podium with an 87.6.
Iouri Podladtchikov won the event with a 90.8. Louie Vito was third with 86.9.
Part-time Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider Benji Farrow was eighth.
“It’s pretty incredible,” said U.S. Snowboarding Development Team coach Spencer Tamblyn, who coached Ladley last year. “He’s going bigger than anybody, and he makes his spins look effortless.”
Ladley’s podium run came on his second time through the half-pipe. He hit on a frontside 1280 — where he was close to 20 feet out of the pipe — a backside 900, a frontside 1080 and finally a Haakon flip.
On his third and final run, with Podladtchikov in the lead, Ladley tried to land a double before his frontside 1080 — a run that would have challenged for the lead — but fell.
“To finish in second place at the World Championships without a double in a day where everyone is doing doubles, is remarkable,” Tamblyn said.
The podium finish is Ladley’s second of the year.
His next big event is a Sprint U.S. Grand Prix event Feb. 29 to March 3 at Mammoth Mountain.
“Four days of competition in a row, it definitely takes a toll on your body,” Ladley said in a news release. “I’m a little beat up and sore, but I feel good, and I’m stoked. The pipe was really good today, and the rain made it a bit faster with the wet snow, it helped me to go big. You focus and live in the moment and do the best that you can.”