Anastasia Tatalina and Oliwer Magnusson clinch freeski Big Air world titles

Tatalina and fellow Russian Ski Federation skier Lana Prusakova mark historic day in Aspen

By Ashlee Tulloch

Anastasia Tatalina claimed a historic victory at the FIS World Freeski and Snowboard World Championships winning freeski Big Air gold in Aspen, Colorado, on Thursday (16 March)

Tatalina is the first athlete representing Russian Ski Federation to win World Championships gold in the discipline.

The 20-year-old dominated her competitors and stomped her best performance in her first jump with a score of 93.00.

She followed that up with a score of 91.50 in her second jump to earn a comfortable total of 184.50.

The 2018 junior world champion is also the first woman to put down left and right side double cork 1260s in competition.

“It’s amazing. I’ve just been training so hard for this one and I finally made it in the competition. I’m so happy,’’ Tatalina told FIS TV after her winning jump.

“It’s a great result, thanks to the Russian [Ski] Federation and to my coaches and my family for the support.’’

The Russian Ski Federation came away with double honours today as Lana Prusakova claimed the silver medal scoring 165.50.

The star of Gu Ailing Eileen continues to rise at the 17-year old re-wrote history again, claiming Big Air bronze to add to her gold medal world titles in halfpipe and slopestyle.

The Youth Olympic Games double gold medallist repeated her X Games effort from January where she took home the same three coloured medals on debut.

Defending champion Tess Ledeux finished seventh.

Magnusson delivers under pressure

Oliwer Magnusson set the benchmark in qualifying and continued his dominance in the finals.

The 20-year-old landed a scorching first jump to earn a score of 94.25.

It wasn't a run away victory though. Riders had three jump attempts and the top two scores counted.

Canada's Edouard Therriault saved his best until last taking his final tally to 183.00 meaning Magnusson's final run needed to be over 89 points to take gold.

The Swedish skier pulled out a switch 1800 tail grab to win the 2021 world title.

“Feeling super nice, my first win on a big competition. I’m super stoked. I was really nervous. We had a hold and I just wanted to drop,” Magnusson told FIS TV after his win.

Therriault, a Quebec native, finished only 2 ¼ points shy of the world title.

Swizz Skier Kim Gubser took third place with a score of 180.75.