Kintner claims Queen of Crankworx at dual slalom 

Slavik leaps into King of Crankworx lead with win

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Jill Kintner (right) defeated Anneke Beerten in the Giant Dual Slalom final on Friday night.
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  • Jill Kintner (right) defeated Anneke Beerten in the Giant Dual Slalom final on Friday night.

The Giant Dual Slalom had a pair of major effects on the overall Crankworx standings on Friday night.

On the women's side, a dominant Jill Kintner of Bellingham won her third event in as many days to seal up the Queen of Crankworx title. Perhaps a bit fittingly, she edged out Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands, the 2015 champion, in the finals to signal a changing of the guard.

"It's good. It's been a lot of stops and many events during the week. I full-on packed it in," she said. "It couldn't have come out any better with three wins."

In addition to the $25,000 for the Queen title, Kintner also scored $5,000 Thursday night as the overall pump track winner.

On the men's side, Tomas Slavik of the Czech Republic defeated Bernard Kerr of Great Britain in the final round to leapfrog into the overall King of Crankworx lead. Kerr was the 2015 victor. Slavik holds a 45-point lead on New Zealand's Sam Blenkinsop, who has also been chipping away all week. Adrien Loron of France, the leader coming into the final stop in Whistler, sits third, 60 points off the pace.

Slavik and Kerr entered the head-to-head matchups as the top two qualifiers and nothing changed from there.

"After the qualifying, (I realized) this dual slalom track is really short so it's all about those tiny mistakes. It was about who made those mistakes. I didn't make any mistakes. I was riding really consistent," Slavik said.

Bas Van Steenbergen and Emilie Siegenthaler took the respective bronze medals.

The Canadian Open DH is the next event on the Crankworx menu, with elite finals beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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