Mia Brookes makes history in Bakuriani, becoming first woman to land cab 1440
16-year-old Mia Brookes made history in Bakuriani, becoming Britain’s youngest ever Freestyle World Champion in Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle. Coming into the second final run in the silver medal spot, Brookes delivered a stunning second run including the first ever cab 1440 in women’s snowboarding competition to score 91.38 and take a breathtaking World Championships gold.
Brookes, who qualified for Finals in second, got the better of New Zealander Zoe Sadowski-Synnott when she upped the technical ante with the first ever successful cab 1440 in women’s Freestyle Snowboard competition, leaving Sadowski-Synnott with too much to do in the final run of the contest.
The result makes Brookes the youngest ever Brit to take a Freestyle World Championships medal, and only the second British snowboarder to become a World Champion after defending Snowboard Cross World Champion and Bakuriani teammate, Charlotte Bankes.
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Speaking afterwards, Mia said:
“I’m just really, really happy – live, I’ve never been so happy in my life. I feel like I’m going to cry!
“I actually can’t believe [the cab 1440]. When I did it, I wasn’t sure I’d managed it, but I thought about it and was like…yep, I’ve done a 14!”
Pat Sharples, GB Snowsport Head Coach, said:
“What Mia’s done out here today is just next level. We all know Mia’s got the talent, but this is her first season on the WC circuit and her first World championships so to land a run like that with all the pressure of a World Championships tells you everything you need to know about her. We’re all so stoked for Mia, her coaches Mikey and Ben, her parents Vicky and Nige, and the whole team around her.”