SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Taku Hiraoka of Japan and Kelly Clark of the United States won World Cup halfpipe events at the Sochi Olympics venue on Thursday.
Hiraoka scored 90.25 points on his first run to record his first career world Cup win. World champion Iouri Podlatchikov of Switzerland was second with 84.50, 1.25 points ahead of Vancouver Olympics bronze medalist Lago Scott of the United States.
Clark, the Salt Lake City Games champion, scored 88.25 points to claim her second World Cup victory this season. She was followed by Holly Crawford of Australia with 78.00 points. France's Sophie Rodriguez was next with 73.00.
Lago leads the halfpipe world Cup standings with 1,960 points after four events. He is followed by China's Zhang Yiwel, who trails by 420 points. Luke Mitrani of the United States is third with 1,500.
Clark dominates the women's standings with 3,200 points. China's Liu Jiayu is second with 1,860. American Kaitlyn Farrington is another 20 points back in third. "I was just happy to come here and get some experience in this pipe and at this venue," Clark said. "I'm happy with how I rode and looking forward to building my riding up."
Earlier Thursday, Andreas Prommegger led an Austrian 1-2 in the men's parallel giant slalom and their teammate Marion Kreiner won the women's event. Prommegger dominated both runs in the final against Ingemar Walder to score his third World Cup victory this season. Rok Flander of Slovenia was 0.35 seconds ahead of Kaspar Fluetsch of Switzerland in the small final for third.
"It's unbelievable. We did five World Cup races so far and I won three of them," Prommegger said. "It's a nice quota. I'm feeling good and I have a good run in the World Cup, although it was tough today."
Former world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Kreiner edged out Amelie Kober of Germany by four-hundredths of a second to claim her third career World Cup victory. "I worked hard to be on the podium again. It's even better to come out first. It's a super feeling, which I enjoy," Kreiner said. "It's nice to win again. Being in the World Cup lead too is the icing on the cake. I'm just happy."
Ariane Lavigne of Canada dominated both of her runs for third place against another surprise semifinalist, Valeriya Tsoy of Kazakhstan, to secure her first career World Cup podium. Lavigne eliminated Vancouver Olympics champion Nicolien Sauerbreij of the Netherlands in the quarterfinals while Tsoy edged Woprld Cup leader Ekaterina Tudegesheva of Russia in the first round and defending World Cup winner Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland in the quarterfinals.
Prommegger leads the parallel giant slalom standings after three events by 610 points over Roland Fischnaller of Italy. Fellow Austrian Lukas Mathies was third. Kreiner overtook Tudegesheva at the top of the women's standings, only 190 points in front of the Russian. Caroline Calve of Canada was third.
The snowboarders struggled on an icy course at the Rosa Khutor Exreme Park in the mountain cluster of the Sochi Games after days of warm weather, which forced the organizers to cancel slopestyle events scheduled for Monday and Tuesday
Parallel slalom events were scheduled for Friday.