On Monday, Britain’s Mia Brookes became the first woman ever to land a 1440 in competition. A 1440 is a quadruple-trick, which you would probably only see in Big Air, and Brookes actually double grabbed over the course of the rotation before stomping it cleanly. It was the final of two runs and Mia had a medal in her pocket, with the previous run having scored 86.41, which put her in second place. The best of two runs counts, so the 16-year-old decided to go for it and put down a never-been-done trick it in the middle of her slopestyle run, leaving spectators and commentators in absolute awe.
In an interview, Mia Brookes admitted that the switch frontside 1440 melon was entirely unplanned: “I was at the top of the course and my coach said, ‘If you want to win this just try the 1440.’ I tried the 1260 in practice, I came around and almost went 1440, so I knew it was possible on this jump. I tried it once before in Absolute Park but this is the first time I’ve stomped it so I am super happy.”
Her winning run relegated favorite Zoi Sadowski-Synott from New Zealand to second place. Zoi was the two-time reigning Slopestyle Snowboar World Champion and Olympic gold medallist until she was bested by Mia, who went on to become the youngest FIS Snowboard World Champion in history with this incredible run. Bronze went to Miyabi Onitsuka from Japan, who had held the previous record for youngest Snowboard World Champion.
US snowboarders Courtney Rummel, Ty Schnorrbusch and Jade Thurgood did not qualify for the final round, while 16-year-old Rebecca Flynn did not start.