The 2016 SLS Women’s Super Crown is now in the books with Lacey Baker taking first place, Leticia Bufoni finishing in second, and Alexis Sablone finishing in third. Last year, Lacey Baker missed the podium at the first ever SLS Women’s Super Crown. That must have been what fueled her to take this year’s victory. From the time practice began this weekend, her skating indicated that her sights were on taking the top spot.
After everyone took their first run, Baker was in first place with a 6.6 for a run that featured some solid technical tricks. A pair of teens were hot on her heels as Japanese alternate Aori Nishimura—who was skating in place of an injured Vanessa Torres—tied for second with Pamela Rosa. Their scores came by way of them using all areas of the course and staying on their boards.
In the second part of the Run section, Baker ruled again with another great run that earned her the highest score of the day thus far, a 7.2. Pamela Rosa was close with a 5.9, and Mariah Duran was next with a 5.1. At the end of the Run section, Baker was in first with 13.8, Rosa was next with 12, and Bufoni was in third with 10.2.
In the best trick section, Baker put the tricks she did in her run into singular form and racked up even more points. In fact, throughout the entire day she didn’t even miss a trick. On her first attempt, she got a 6.5 for a noseslide 270 out. On her second attempt, she landed a noseslide bigspin out for a 6.9. That helped her extend her first place lead to nearly 10 points. On attempt number four, she landed a 360 flip over the euro gap for a 5.5. And on attempt number five, she landed a nollie heelfip for a 6.3.
At the end of the fifth attempt, Baker’s lead had shrunk to just .9 with Leticia Bufoni on her heels, and Alexis Sablone in third trailing by 2.6. Out of the frontrunners, only Bufoni and Baker landed tricks—setting the stage for the 6th and final attempt to decide the outcome of the contest.
Knowing she needed a huge trick, Bufoni put it all on the line and went for one—a massive gap to lipslide on the bump to rail that ended in a slam. Despite what looked like an awful crash, she’s doing ok and thanks everyone for the support. When Leticia didn’t make her final trick, Baker’s last attempt became a victory lap. She continued her perfect day by landing a frontside ollie for a 2.7 on the way to her first ever Super Crown victory.
You can view the full results below.
1. Lacey Baker – 27.2
2. Leticia Bufoni – 26.3
3. Alexis Sablone – 24.6
4. Mariah Duran – 21.1
5. Aori Nishimura – 18.6
6. Alana Smith – 18.4
7. Pamela Rosa – 15.3
8. Monica Torres – 6.5
Words by Reggie Altema