Ryan Stassel and Red Gerard shared a slopestyle podium on Saturday as they finished second and third, respectively, at the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria.
After the first of three final runs, Stassel sat in first place with a 77.30 high score and Gerard in second with 74.15. Those ranks held through the second run as well, though both riders upped their high scores to 83.30 and 81.35. Neither American could better their score in the third run, but Norway's Mons Roysland put down the top run of the day to score 84.25 to move into the lead and claim the win. Eric Beauchemin placed ninth with 65.20.
For Stassel and Gerard, their paths to the Kreischberg podium have been vastly different. Though this top-two finish is Stassel's career best and his first slopestyle podium, he finished third at three big air world cups in 2016 and is the reigning slopestyle world champion. Now 24, he made his first Olympic team in 2014, finishing 14th, and has been competing on the world cup circuit since 2013.
Gerard, however, is just 16 years old, and the podium in Kreischberg is his career first. He made his world cup debut in 2015 and his previous best finish in a slopestyle event was 11th. Also in 2015, he finished fourth at the junior world championships and second at the U.S. Revolution Tour in Mammoth, Colorado.
On the women's side, Kirra Kotsenburg, younger sister of 2014 Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, placed 12th and Olympian Karly Shorr was 15th.