By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Queenstown Winter Olympian Tiarn Collins is in top spot on the World Cup leaderboard with one event to go following his win in the FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup in the Czech Republic last weekend.
In his second career World Cup win, Collins qualified second in his heat on the Spindleruv Mlyn course, which has one rail feature at the top of the course and a second halfway down, between jumps.
The 22-year-old was sitting in sixth place, of 16, dropping into his second and final run, lacing together a technical run executed to near perfection, judges rewarding him with a 90.25 — the only score in the 90s handed out.
William Mathisen (Sweden) and Luke Winkelmann (United States) rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.
Collins is back in action this weekend during the final event of the FIS World Cup season in Silvaplana, Switzerland.