With all World Cup slopestyle and big air events from July 1 2016 to mid January 2018 counting towards Olympic quota spots, Rich gained valuable Olympic Quota Allocation List points.
Competing in a strong field with only the top-6 women advancing to the final, Rich posted her highest scoring run in the first round with a score of 33.75, giving her a final ranking of 21st.
After the event Rich found a number of positives with her opening World Cup of the season.
“On paper it might not look like I did well in Kreischberg, but fun was had and lessons learned, so how can that be a bad result”.
Winning the event was Anna Gasser of Austria with a score of 81.25, with Swiss rider Sina Candrian in second with 69.95 and Silje Norendal of Norway in third with 62.90 points.
The next stop of the Slopestyle World Cup tour is in Laax, Switzerland, with qualification taking place January 17 and finals on January 20.
IMAGE: Jess Rich sending it huge off a jump in Kreichberg Credit - Jess Rich Instagram