Wanaka teens Finley Melville Ives and Gustav Legnavsky have scored career best results in the Halfpipe World Cup.
Earlier this week, Finley and Gustav placed sixth and seventh respectively at the FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup in Colorado.
This was Melville Ives’ first halfpipe World Cup and he competed against athletes nearly double his age.
He completed a near perfect first run and in his second run went for a technical right double cork 1620.
He finished in sixth place overall.
Melville Ives said landing the right 1620 was the highlight of the day.
‘‘It’s so amazing to land the run you’ve wanted to do at your first world cup, it was such a crazy atmosphere and so cool to be a part of it,’’ he said.
Legnavsky warmed up with each run and performed his best in the third lap.
He dropped an alley oop double cork 900 on his final hit.
‘‘I am super happy I landed that run, it is a personal best run for me. I definitely have more to give but I am so happy with how it went and it was awesome to have my teammate Fin there with me too,’’ Legnavsky said.
Both athletes were blown away by the Kiwi support at the bottom of the pipe.
Melville Ives said it felt just like home with the Kiwis there at the bottom cheering them on.