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hckosice    1,031

Ormerod and Khadarin secure historic wins in Moscow

Men's podium Big Air World Cup Moscow


Katie Ormerod (GBR) and Vlad Khadarin (RUS) have not only claimed their respective career's first in today's penultimate big air World Cup of the 2016-17 season staged in the Krylatskoye Sports Centre right outside of downtown Moscow (RUS).


Facing tough weather conditions with temperatures below -30 °C, the British shredder and the Russian newcomer also became the first ever to win a big air World Cup for their home country.


Vlad Khadarin came from zero to hero taking the scene by storm in the first snowboard World Cup competition of 2017 stomping a switch backside 1260 and a frontside 1440 in his first ever World Cup event earning an impressive score of 182.25 at the first big air World Cup in the Russian capital in seven years.


“That’s unbelievable, I haven’t got any other words because everything here was new for me: my first World Cup contest, my first city big air on scaffolding and the first place. I don’t know, it’s just unbelievable, it’s so great and crazy.


This is my first World Cup win but of course I’m dreaming to win others, maybe not this season but in the next years,” Khadarin said.


The third best qualifier therefore relegated Canada's Antoine Truchon (174.75) who felt like home in Quebec facing super cold temperatures and Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR, 163.75) who eanred his career's first podium finish in his fifth start to the respective second and third rank while new big air and overall snowboard freestyle World Cup leader Seppe Smits (BEL, 156.75) had to put up with fourth.


In addition, the 18-year-old YOG 2016 slopestyle silver medallist from Russia who has been living and training in Madonna di Campiglio for the past six years after he moved to Italy aged twelve also had the guts to go for a frontside 18 in his victory lap before history was finally made in dominant fashion.


Ormerod makes race for Crystal Globe exciting again


In the women's event, Ormerod celebrated her first ever World Cup win with the smallest advantage possible.


After duelling with this season's three-time World Cup winner Anna Gasser in the women's finals stomping the same tricks like her Austrian rival (backside 720 and cab 540), the 19-year-old goofy rider earned a 153.75 and therefore only 0.25 more than Gasser.


 “It feels amazing, I’ve always wanted to win a World Cup, and I’m really happy to win it here. I hope there’s more to come,” she commented.


“I hope to get the Crystal Globe in Quebec City, I would love to get another podium and hopefully will win in Quebec. I just keep pushing and try to get it again.”


However, this won't be an easy task as Gasser who successfully came back from a knee injury today still comfortably leads the women's ranking ahead of Ormerod with only one more big air World Cup to come on February 11, 2017 in Quebec City (CAN). The event will also serve as final of the three-stop Super Series.


Ormerod has to win to edge off Gasser of the top spot in the women's ranking but the Austrian would definitely take home her career's first World Cup title if finishing eight in Quebec next month.


As a result, the 25-year-old Carinthian stated: “I’m actually just happy to be down here healthy after really challenging conditions, I’ve just come back from a small injury, so the second place feels like a win for me today.”


Best qualifier Klaudia Medlova (SVK, 117.50) rounded out the podium as third.


The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues in Kreischberg (AUT) with this season's first slopestyle event slated to take place from January 13 – 14, 2017



Full Results Men and Women


Women's podium Big Air World Cup Moscow




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dcro    1,451

Lea Jugovac's results in big air WC this season... 17th, 17th and... 17th. A model of consistency. :p

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hckosice    1,031

Ulbing and Mick triumph in Bad Gastein to take over World Cup lead

Daniela Ulbing and Christoph Mick take over World Cup lead due to winning the Bad Gastein PSL


Daniela Ulbing (AUT) and Christoph Mick (ITA) have claimed victory at the 2016-17 alpine snowboard World Cup season's second parallel slalom which was staged today under the lights on the Bucheben slope.


Right in the heart of Bad Gastein, at the foot of the Stubnerkogel Mountain, both racers were also able to take over the lead in the race for the PSL World Cup title.


And a change of the lead in the World Cup ranking did just suit this classic of the snowboard World Cup tour which has been part of the show for 17 consecutive years now.


In fact, Bad Gastein did host its 55th snowboard World Cup competition today. And as if that would not have been enough, the parallel slalom staged in direct knock out rounds marked also the 150th ever FIS World Cup event in the Salzburg countryside.


As a result, the stellar crowd featured the likes of Kathrin Gutensohn and 1968 Olympic champion Olga Pall who had won the very first FIS World Cup race in Bad Gastein staged back on January 17, 1968.


Women's podium PSL WC Bad Gastein with 2nd Michelle Dekker (NED), 1st Daniela Ulbing (AUT) and 3rd Sabine Schoeffmann (AUT)


Career's first for up-and-coming talent


Both former Austrian ski stars witnessed some thrilling head-to-head duels with best qualifier Daniela Ulbing bringing home the win in the women's competition.


It was her career's first after the 18-year-old shooting star had placed on the podium only once in her 10 World Cup starts before (2nd in Cortina Dec 2016).


“I don't really know what to say. I'm a little bit speechless. I'm super happy about my first win. It's nice as all of my friends are here and able to celebrate this one with me,” Ulbing said.


“I just tried to do what I can, and tried to stay calm, especially when I was behind. I tried to take it easy. I hope I can tie on to this in the next races and will try to keep the momentum.”


Dutch athlete Michelle Dekker secured her first ever World Cup podium celebrating a surprising second rank finish with Sabine Schoeffmann (AUT) rounding out the women's podium in third.


It was a good race. I'm really happy about my first ever podium. Now, I'm excited to race the next World Cup race in Rogla end of the month. I hope I can do the same thing there,” explained Dekker who will miss out tomorrow's team event.

Men's podium PSL WC Bad Gastein with 2nd Kaspar Fluetsch (SUI), 1st Christoph Mick (ITA) and 3rd Andreas Prommegger (AUT)


Mick does it again


On the men's side of things, Mick, a 28-year-old racer from Bolzano, celebrated his career's second beating Swiss racer Kaspar Fluetsch in a heartbeat final of the men's competition which saw local hero Andreas Prommegger rounding out the podium as third.


I'm feeling great. I had some ups and downs in the qualification but managed to stay focused in the finals. I'm happy about my career's second win,” Mick stated.


And while the South Tyrolean celebrated his win on the shoulders oh his team mates, Kaspar Fluetsch was also pleased – although beaten by 0.09 seconds:


It was a perfect day, a perfect event. I never thought to get that far as I had to qualify with start number 31. I'm very happy with this performance. This is a great start into the new year.”


The alpine snowboard World Cup tour continues tomorrow with this season's first parallel slalom team event slated to take place on the Bucheben slope at 1:30 PM CET.



Full Results Men and Women



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hckosice    1,031
36 minutes ago, Gianlu33 said:

But the mixed event is cancelled? :mumble: I can't find any news about it


why cancelled? the race just finished. Team Austria I (Claudia Rieber/Benjamin Karl) won. 2nd SUI II, 3rd AUT III.


your team with yesterdays winner Christoph Mick lost surprisingly with Japan in 1st round.

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Gianlu33    517
3 minutes ago, hckosice said:


why cancelled? the race just finished. Team Austria I (Claudia Rieber/Benjamin Karl) won. 2nd SUI II, 3rd AUT III.


your team with yesterdays winner Christoph Mick lost surprisingly with Japan in 1st round.

Thanks a lot, the mobile FIS app don't work for this event :hatoff: 

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hckosice    1,031

Ulbing and Karl triumph in season's first parallel slalom team event

Bad Gastein PSL Team WC winners Daniela Ulbing and Benjamin Karl



Team AUT1 with Daniela Ulbing and Benjamin Karl have claimed victory in this season's first parallel slalom team event staged under a blue bird sky in Bad Gastein today therefore wrapping up the home soil World Cup stop for Snowboard Austria in style.


Just like last year when Sabine Schoeffmann and Alex Payer celebrated the win for Austria, it was a team representing red-white-red to come out victorious of this texciting race format which features national mixed teams compete against each other in thrilling head-to-head duels.


In the end, it was once again Daniela Ulbing who seems to be in love with the 270 metres long Bucheben slope as yesterday's triumphant racer laid the base for a safe win with her focused racing.


The 18-year-old celebrated a back-to-back win in front of a stellar home crowd alongside teammate Benjamin Karl who just had to defend the lead entering the slope as second ride to secure his third podium finish in the fourth World Cup race of the 2016-17 season.


However, this win was even more important for Karl than someone would have expected.


"I made a mistake yesterday, and you know how it is with mistakes. They make you think too much so you end up thinking if you are still in shape in the new year.


I tried to stop this, and I was able to enjoy racing today which finally led to the win. I had a great team partner which made it easy for me to race. Today was a good redemption,” the four-time world champion, who had finished in a disappointing 23rd position yesterday, said.


His congenial parter Ulbing stated: “What happens right now is so cool. I tried to open the door for Benjamin [Karl] today in our heats, and that worked out fine. However, I never thought to drive home from Bad Gastein with two World Cup wins under my belt.”


SUI2 consisting of Olympic champion Patrizia Kummer and 2014 Sochi silver medallist Nevin Galmarini who won the event two years ago came in second making Galmarini extremely happy:


The race was very cool. I like it here anyway. There are always a lot of people watching, and it is a great atmosphere.


Two years ago we were able to win here, today we got second. And as I placed fourth yesterday it has been two perfect days for me.”


Local favourites of AUT3 Claudia Riegler and Andreas Prommegger, the oldest pair competing today, rounded out the podium as third with Swiss duo Julie Zogg and Dario Caviezel missing the podium as fourth.


In the team event, the second racer starts as soon as the first one has crossed the finish line.


While the snowboard World Cup tour continues with this season's first slopestyle competition on January 13 and 14 at Kreischberg (AUT) already, the raceboard specialists will get back to business at the parallel giant slalom race in Rogla (SLO) on January 28.




Full Results Here


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hckosice    1,031

Gasser and Roisland win slopestyle World Cup opener

Women's Podium Slopestyle WC Kreischberg


Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mons Roisland (NOR) have claimed victory at this season's first slopestyle World Cup competition staged on the 2015 world championships slope at Kreischberg (AUT) today.


25-year-old local favourite Gasser lived up to the expectations in dominant fashion by keeping the momentum from a second rank finish at last weekend's Moscow big air World Cup and topping the women's competition with the highest score of 81.25 earned in her third run which actually was a victory lap after none of the girls had been able to bump off the leading rider from the top spot.


“It helped starting last in each run as I then knew what the other girls did,” Gasser said who also mentioned that she then played it cool and didn't risk too much.


However, the best qualifier who had secured silver at the worlds two years ago still landed a boardslide to frontside 360, backside 720 mute, frontside 360 indy, 50-50 frontside 180 indy out and a huge cab 540 underflip mute to bring home her career's fourth, the first in a slopestyle event.


“It's great to win a home soil event. I'm super happy that I was able to tie on to my good training impressions in today's finals. I was pretty nervous in the qualifiers because I wanted to win. Today I felt better although the vision wasn't the best.”


Sina Candrian (SUI, 69.25) and two-time X Games champion Silje Norendal (NOR, 62.90) finished in the respective second and third rank.


Roisland has it all


Two weeks before turning 20 years, Mons Roisland secured his career's first in his fourth World Cup start with 84.25 by nailing his third and final run which consisted of a cab lip to fakie, cab 720 tail bonk, switch backside 1260 melon, frontside 1440 indy, frontside 270 out and a backside double cork 1080 nose to finish things off.


“It was a really good. I was very impressed of what they put together here at Kreischberg. I was very happy to qualify through the semi finals. I couldn't be more stoked on my riding today, and I'm so pumped to end up in first position ahead of all of these good riders. I'm unbelievably stoked,” Roisland stated.


The Norwegian Viking who had to take the semi finals detour to qualify for the finals of the best ten men edged off so far leading 2015 world champion Ryan Stassel (USA, 83.30), who had landed a switch 270 to 270 out, frontside 360 hand plant, backside double cork 1080 mute, frontside 1440 indy, boardslide to underflip 450 out and a final switch backside 1260 mute, to the second rank.


Up-and-coming 16-year-old talent Redmond Gerard (USA; 81.35) rounded out the podium as third impressing the judges with a 50-50 back to 270, boardslide to underflip 450 indy out, switch backside triple cork 1440 mute, frontboard to 270 melon out and a frontside 1080 melon over the last kicker.


The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues next week with this season's second slopestyle and halfpipe event staged at the LAAX OPEN from January 16 to 21.




Full results Mens and Womens



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hckosice    1,031

Klaudia once again amazing result, qualified for the seminfinals in her first this seasons slopestyle and in extremely strongly occupied event. amazing job from this girl so far, if she keep this form and avoid injuries, she is in a very good way to qualify for the olympics



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hckosice    1,031

Rukajarvi and Parrot top Europe's most prestigious snowboard event

Enni Rukajarvi celebrates her LAAX OPEN win alongside Jamie Anderson (3rd) and Anna Gasser (2nd)


Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and Max Parrot (CAN) have earned their chapters in the history books winning the LAAX OPEN 2017 slopestyle event which was part of the Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour for the very first time and featured a field able to throw down the best and creative tricks.


And that's what happened on the 500 metres long and creative course at Crap Sogn Gion.


Facing superb conditions and a blue bird sky, 26-year-old Rukajarvi, who had already dominated the semi finals, brought down a smashing second run to secure her career's second win in four years.


The 2014 Olympic silver medallist and first ever FIS slopestyle world champion landed a boardslide to pretzel out, switch backside 180 mute, frontside 720 tail, backside 540 stalefish, cab 720 stalefish, half cab up frontside 50-50 and a front board to fakie to finish things off earning a score of 84.83.


“Winning hear is nice,” she said. “I'm really happy. I really liked the course, and the atmosphere is always great, too. That helps. It's a good vibe riding here.”


Current World Cup leader Anna Gasser who is in the form of her life finished second with a score of 83.71 extending her World Cup podium streak to six in six starts.


“It was a very hard contest on a very high level. I knew I had to risk a lot to make it on the podium.


Maybe it would have worked out for the win if I wouldn't have screwed up my last trick on the final rail feature. But I'm very happy with my second rank finish as the world's best did compete today,” stated the 26-year-old from Carinthia who is looking good to bring home her career's first World Cup title – not only in slopestyle but also in the big air and the overall snowboard freestyle race for the Crystal Globe.


Olympic slopestyle champion and 2016 LAAX OPEN title holder Jamie Anderson (USA; 81.50) who was in first place after the first of three runs rounded out the women's podium of the 2016-17 slopestyle World Cup season's second tour stop as third.


Although she failed to bring down her second and third run, Anderson, who had sustained a cut right above her right eye during competition, underlined the importance of the event for the snowboard scene:


“It was a great contest, really progressive. It was fun to be a part of it. Unfortunately I fell in both of my last two runs which was a bit of a bummer. I love the park in Laax, it has always a cool and creative set-up.”


Canadian boys repeat historical triumph


In the men's event, Canada Snowboard once again left its mark in the Swiss Alps. After five riders had placed in the top-5 in last year's event, the Canuck roster did its home country proud with a podium sweep led by Max Parrot.


The man in black himself had nailed it already in the second run (89.00) but was able to cement his position on the top spot with a 50-50 to backlip, backside rodeo 900, cab double cork 1260 mute, frontside triple cork 1440, backside triple cork 1620 mute, half cab up frontside 50-50 to frontside 180 out and a cab hardway 270 to front board to 270 out.


“Winner of the LAAX OPEN 2017 – that sounds sweet. I'm really happy. I was able to bring down a run which I was aiming for with the backside triple 16 at the end. So, I'm really stoked to win this event for the first time,” explained Parrot who secured his career's fifth and second of the season after having triumphed in the big air event in Copper Mountain earlier this winter.


Earning a score of 91.58 in his final run Parrot set 2016 LAAX OPEN champion Mark McMorris – the last man dropping in after Seb Toots had pulled out of the contest due to a heavy crash yesterday – under pressure.


The 2014 Sochi bronze medallist tried to step up his game with a backside triple 16, too, but couldn't land his run as clean as he wanted to finally placing second with a score of 88.96 for his 50-50 to backlip to fakie, cab 720 nose, switch backside 1260 stalefish, frontside triple cork 1440 mute, backside triple cork 1440 indy, frontside 180 up, switch boardslide to regular and a final backside 180 up to switch 50-50 to cab 360 out.


However, McMorris was still pleased with the result: “I'm happy with the way I rode, and I landed the run I wanted to. You always learn and that's good. It's good to be part of this contest. Staying in the top one and two over the whole course of the event is pretty good. I'm really happy about the second.”


Last year's LAAX OPEN runner-up Tyler Nicholson celebrated his career's third podium, the first in slopestyle after finishing twice in second position in the big air events in Quebec (2015, 2016) thanks to a lipslide to front board, backside rodeo japan, cab 1440 stalefish, switch backside 1260 japan, frontside 1440 mute, backside 360 up, frontside 50-50 to backside 180 out and a half cab to 50-50 to frontside 180 out.


As four more teammates had also made it to the men's finals it seems obvious that the Canadian roster is doing things right at the moment.


“Our team is very well organised. We have pretty good camps which helps us a lot, and we get a really great support with physios and couple of coaches. It's an amazing team support, and I guess that's why we are doing so well right now,” Parrot pointed out.


It will be interesting to see if Team Canada can keep the momentum in the next slopestyle events at Seiser Alm (ITA) and Mammoth Mountain (USA) before finally flying home for the Snowjamboree in Quebec City mid of February.


The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues tomorrow with the halfpipe finals of the LAAX OPEN starting at 1:00 PM CET with the three run, best one count finals streamed live worldwide from run two on (1:45 PM CET) on the event's homepage.




Full Results Women and Men


Canadian podium sweep at LAAX OPEN slopestyle event with Nicholson, Parrot and McMorris (f.l.t.r.)


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