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Lol, mixed team parallel snowboard.

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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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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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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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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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US domination at LAAX OPEN halfpipe event

Men's podium halfpipe World Cup LAAX OPEN with 2nd Arielle Gold (USA), 1st Chloe Kim (USA) and 3rd Xuetong Cai (CHN)

 

U.S. Snowboarding's riders have dominated the halfpipe finals of the LAAX OPEN which have been part of the snowboard freestyle World Cup tour for the first time in history.

 

While nine of 18 spots in the finals were taken by US athletes, Chloe Kim (USA) and Chase Josey (USA) stood out taking home the win from Europe's most prestigious snowboard event.

 

Last year's winner Arielle Gold (USA; 86.50) and Xuetong Cai (CHN, 85.25) finished as respective second and third in the women's event while 2015 world champion Scotty James (AUS; 96.50) and 2014 Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI; 91.75) rounded out the men's podium as second and third, respectively.

 

Facing perfect conditions in the biggest superpipe on earth snowboard sensation Chloe Kim earned a 90.50 to celebrate a back-to-back World Cup win and her career's third in four starts.

 

And by being untouchable in today's event landing a method to frontside 1080 tail, cab 540 stalefish, switch backside 540 mute and a cab 720 stalefish to finish things off the teenage halfpipe wonder rang in a new era in women's halfpipe riding: the age of Kim.

 

“I'm so stoked that I was able to put down some good runs today. I couldn't be any happier,” the two-time gold medallist of the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games said.

 

“I was really excited about my victory lap but obviously I wanted to do better than in my second run but unfortunately I fell on the 1080. But you know, I'm just trying to beat myself in every possible way.”

 

With the triumph at the top-dollar international contest in her bag today, the first person to win three X Games golds under the age of 16 is only missing a win at one major event: the Olympic Winter Games.

 

However, there are still some more riders who also have the skill-set to make it hard for the uber-talented rider with Korean roots – including today's finalists who introduced the next level of women's halfpipe progression.

 

Four of them – Kim herself, fourth ranked Kelly Clark as well as Jiayu Liu (CHN) and Queralt Castellet (ESP) – landed 1080's as it would be nothing.

 

Caliber of runs tight at the top

 

And while the women's final field made the iconic event at Crap Sogn Gion a vintage competition to remember, the boys did so as well by going big and clean as it could be.

 

The LAAX OPEN 2017 finals were definitely one of the best ones in the event's history.

 

Especially thanks to the top-3 male riders with Chase Josey scratching at the perfect score of 100.00 with a total of five doubles in a row, two of them being switch to switch.

 

The 21-year-old regular rider threw down a double michalchuk to frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, switch double crippler indy, switch double michalchuck melon and a cab double cork 1080 mute in his final run being given a 97.75.

 

“Winner of the LAAX OPEN 2017 sounds pretty special. It's so cool. I dreamed of it, I'm so stoked,” stated Josey who also gave an insight on his comp tactic in run three: “

 

My third run was just full throttle. I just went for it. I gave it everything I had, and I was fortunate to land it. It worked out for me today.”

 

The third ranked rider of the Word Cup opener in Copper Mountain staged last December therefore edged off so far leading 2015 world champion Scotty James from the hot seat to the second rank (96.50).

 

In the two runs before, the rider from down under had re-defined the level of amplitude in his second run going huge over the whole course of his run, starting with a steezy method to frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, cab double cork 1080 mute, frontside 900 lien and wrapping things up with a backside double cork 1260 mute.

 

However, the tallest guy in the field was still pleased with today's outcome – although the precious win just slipped through his hands at the very last moment:

 

“I'm really happy with the second rank. It was an amazing competition to be part of. I love coming to Laax.

 

It was tough, I knew that someone could answer my run. I tried to up it again in my last run but I unfortunately crashed on my last hit. But I'm stoked to be part of the podium.”

 

Talking about the podium – the top three were rounded out by reigning Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov.

 

The best qualifier and last to drop in tried to best his rival scores in the final run of a sensational week in Laax which also featured the 2016-17 second slopestyle World Cup.

 

The Russian-born Swiss athlete who underwent almost 100 percent of the team's season preparation for the first time ever landed a method to frontside 900 tail, backside 900 nose, frontside double cork 1080 truck driver, cab double cork 1080 and an alley oop double rodeo nose – the trick he recently had put on his to do list for contest runs – but couldn't top his competitors with a 91.25.

 

Thanks to today's win Chase Josey also took over the World Cup lead while Chloe Kim is still sitting atop of the women's standings having won both halfpipe World Cup competitions so far.

 

The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues in Italy next week where Seiser Alm will host its first ever World Cup event with a slopestyle competition slated to take place from January 25 to 27.

 

 

Full Results Men and Women

 

Men's podium halfpipe World Cup LAAX OPEN with 2nd Scotty James (AUS), 1st Chase Josey (USA) and 3rd Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)

 

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Looks like :MLT Malta might qualify for Olympics in women's halfpipe.

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Samkova and Haemmerle prevail in Solitude sbx

Women's podium Solitude SBX World Cup with 2nd Michela Moioli (ITA), 1st Eva Samkova (CZE) and 3rd Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)

 

Eva Samkova (CZE) and Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) have claimed victory in this season's second snowboard cross event which was staged at Solitude Mountain Resort today where the field of 24 women and 48 men did not only battle head to head in heats of six but also with the weather situation.

 

Heavy snow fall and challenging wind conditions at the venue of the 2019 sbx world championships decisions had forced Race Organisers to postpone the start of the finals several times after some of the teams did have some problems making it to the resort.

 

A massive snowstorm had heavily impacted the only access road through Big Cottonwood Canyon.

 

However, after a delay of 90 minutes, there was some racing going on which featured the tight finals everyone was hoping for.

 

In the women's finals, Samkova rode her own race controlling the field from the front and keeping herself out of the battles for the positions and lines finally snatching her career's sixth in dominant fashion.

 

“The first days were perfect but today was tricky. We almost didn't get up the hill because the traffic was crazy. But we made it and waited a little bit. Finally we were able to race. It was nice but everything was different compared to training and qualifiers. I'm really happy,” Samkova said.

 

Thursday's best qualifier therefore also took over the lead from Belle Brockhoff (AUS), who finished sixth today, in the World Cup standings being in front with 1,400 points now.

 

Michela Moioli (ITA) and four-time world champion Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) rounded out the women's podium as second and third.

 

Men's podium sbx World Cup Solitude with 2nd Omar Visintin (ITA), 1st Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) and 3rd Alex Deibold (USA)

 

In the men's event, Alessandro Haemmerle came out victorious of a nail-biting final edging off new World Cup leader Omar Visintin (ITA) to the second rank.

 

“The day started pretty weird. It took us three hours to come up her but then it all ended up fine. Racing was tough. It was very difficult with the snow fall and wind.

 

But once you had the feeling for the course you were just going for it. And I was fortunate to take home that win,” Haemmerle stated after securing his career's third in a breathtaking showdown.

 

In fact, things could have ended the other way round with him missing out the win as the decision between him and Visintin was a photo finish decision.

 

Second race, second again. I guess that's good, also there was just a few centimetres missing in a tough race,” commented Visintin.

 

The 2014 sbx World Cup title winner took over the lead in the race for the Crystal Globe with his second consecutive runner-up finish and now 1,600 points in his pocket.

 

Alex Deibold (USA) rounded out the men's podium in third admitting that he likes those adverse weather competitions:

 

“It was challenging conditions. But you know, I tend to do well in adverse weather growing up in New England.

 

I think the snow brought the pressure down a little bit. It seemed to be a little bit less tense up there. I just rode my own race. I'm just so stoked I was able to put it together.”

 

The snowboard cross World Cup tour continues tomorrow in Solitude with this season's second sbx team event scheduled at 8 PM CET.

 

Several TV stations will broadcast the race live. Check here for an overview.

 

 

Full Results Men and Women

 

 

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Italian and US duos celebrate wins at Solitude team SBX

Women's podium sbx team WC Solitude

 

Team USA1 and ITA1 are the winning duos of the 2016-17 snowboard cross World Cup season's second team race which was staged in perfect conditions at Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah today.

 

The host in waiting of the 2019 snowboard cross world championships decisions had been hit by a snow storm yesterday which had made the individual race not only a fight man against man but also one against Mother Nature.

 

But today, the weather God was a snowboard fan blowing the last clouds away and leaving the field a superb man-built course with great visibility and no head-wind to compete on.

 

A World Cup win as birthday present

 

Four-time world champion Lindsey Jacobellis, who had placed third in yesterday's individual race as well as birthday girl Rosina Mancari did their home country proud winning the big final in a photo finish decision against FRA1.

 

Jacobellis, the first in the team to enter the course, handed over quite a lead to her younger companion hoping that Mancari, who turned 22 today, would be able to keep hold to it.

 

“Today was really awesome. My legs weren't as tired as I though they would be which was cool.

 

Last run was fighting the whole way down. We were all really close, and I was trying to just take away lines and options and slow down the other girls trying to hold the lead so Rosi doesn't have to fight her way through the pack.”

 

And Rosi, who had switched roles with the 2006 Olympic silver medallist in order to best their fourth rank finish from the Montafon World Cup opener, stood true to the game plan blocking off all attacks launched by Nelly Moenne Loccoz who was literally breathing down Mancari's neck.

 

“Oh my God, the last turns. She was right on me. I had to take my line and keep my speed but I also needed to figure out where she would try to pass me. I just tried to hold her off as best as I can,” reported Mancari who did compete in her first US World Cup event.

 

“I can't really put it in words what it means to me. My mom is here watching the first race ever. It's just amazing.”

 

With Mancari, with six World Cup stops under her belt quite a new face on the tour, showcasing some nerves of steel, Team USA1 prevented back-to-back team sbx event triumphs for the French as runner-ups Moenne Loccoz and Sochi bronze medallist Chloe Trespeuch had been successful in Austria earlier this season.

 

Michela Moioli and Raffaella Brutto of ITA1, who had placed second in Austria, rounded out the podium as third.

 

Redemption for Team Italy

 

In the men's event, reigning world champion Luca Matteotti and Emanuel Perathoner clinched the win in the men's final which saw several wash-outs, passes and tight manoeuvres, simply all ingredients which make snowboard cross what it is: a great show.

 

It was the perfect way to delete their yesterday's disappointing results from any memories related to the first ever World Cup stop in Solitude.

 

In the individual race, Matteotti and Perathoner had finished on a respective 35th and 42nd place.

 

However, ITA1 owed today's redemption triumph to Perathoner's sensational comeback.

 

Going out of the gates as fourth and last rider the South Tyrolean stormed through the course, capitalised on riding mistakes of his rivals like the one from yesterday's winner of AUT1 Alessandro Haemmerle and passed one competitor after the other finally bringing home the win for his team ahead of AUT2 young guns Julian Lueftner and Lukas Pachner who celebrated their career's first World Cup podium.

 

“We tried to do better than yesterday and tried to win. Basically I had no pressure. I did very bad yesterday, and I just wanted to do it better today,” Perathoner said.

 

USA1 with Alex Deibold and Nate Holland placed in third position.

 

The snowboard cross World Cup tour continues in Bansko (BUL) with an individual race staged from February 2 to 4, 2017.

 

Men's podium sbx team WC Solitude

 

 

Full Results Women and Men

 

 

 

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Gold and Bronze for Belgium (Seppe Smits 1st and Sebbe de Buck 3rd) in mens slopestyle in Seiser Alm :thumbup:

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Rukajarvi and Smits mount Seiser Alm throne

Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) celebrates her career's third alongside 2nd ranked Laurie Blouin (CAN) and 3rd ranked Sina Candrian (SUI

 

Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and Seppe Smits (BEL), who both had earned the first ever slopestyle world championships title back in 2011, have claimed victory in today's third slopestyle competition of the 2016-17 season which was staged at Seiser Alm (ITA) under a blue bird sky.

 

It was the first time that the Italian resort hosted a snowboard World Cup event.

 

Facing perfect conditions in a well-designed course of the award-winning Snowpark nestling in the South Tyrolean Resort, Rukajarvi kept the momentum of her last weekend's LAAX OPEN triumph securing back-to-back wins by posting the high score of 81.70 in a close women's three run, best on count final of the top-6 qualifiers.

 

The 2014 Olympic silver medallist landed a lipslide, 50-50 backside 360 out and a front blunt 270 out in the jibbing section before going into a frontside 360 melon, backside 540 indy and cab 720 mute over the jumps to take home her third World Cup win.

 

“So far, I'm really surprised. It's hard to believe to have back-to-back wins under my belt. It's cool. I'm really happy,” she said before also explaining why she was absent from the contest scene since the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

 

“I have been competing for many years now. At some point I just did too many contests. I took a break of that, and now it's fun to do contests again.”

 

Laurie Blouin (CAN; 80.50) finished second and locked in her career's second World Cup podium by edging off Swiss Sina Candrian (80.40) to third with the tiny mere of 0.10.

 

“Today was just crazy. It's been the best contest I have ever ridden in in regards of the conditions. And it's been a very high level of riding. It's cool to see that because the girls are pushing each other. I'm really happy,” stated Blouin whose run had included cab double cork 900 while Candrian had been the sole female to stomp a frontside 1080 in the women's finals.

 

The rise of the flatlanders

 

In the men's event which saw ten riders going for the win, things were also getting pretty tight with Seppe Smits earning his career's third but first in slopestyle with a score of 88.30 relegating British style machine Jamie Nicholls (87.90) to the second rank.

 

Smits threw down a backside lipslide to fakie, cab 180 backside 360 out and backside 270 in the rail section before going into the kicker line with a frontside 900 mute to a huge cab 1260 stalefish and a backside 1260 mute to finish things off.

 

It was a run which had took some time to be put together Smits admitted after his first ever slopestyle World Cup tirumph:

 

“I'm very satisfied with today's results. I was kind of feeling it today after the first days of practise had been a bit hard for me. So I switched up everything, figured out a good run to do and I managed to land it in my first run. I'm pretty hyped.”

 

Jamie Nicholls, who had pulled out of the Kreischberg World Cup two weeks ago therefore missing some action in the race for the Crystal Globe, was more than satisfied with his outcome. But not only because he finally got rid of the knee brace today.

 

“It's amazing. The whole practice went so well, and I landed my run every time. In the finals I messed it up twice. But in the third run of the finals I finally landed it. So, I'm really happy.”

 

With Sebbe de Buck (BEL, 85.75) – the third ever Belgian rider to step on a World Cup podium – rounding out the podium as third and Billy Morgan (GBR, 84.40) placing fourth, it was not only a great outing for the two countries known for their dry and indoor slopes but also the best result in World Cup history for riders from the flatlands.

 

On top of that, it was the first time in history, that two Belgians climbed the podium together with de Buck celebrating his career's first top-3 result.

 

The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues next week with both, a halfpipe and slopestyle competition slated to take place in Mammoth Mountain (USA) from February 1 to 4, 2017.

 

A flatland podium for the men's at the Seiser Alm World Cu with Seppe Smits (BEL) in first, Jamie Nicholls (GBR) in second and Sebbe de Buck (BEL) in third

 

 

 

Full Results Mens and Womens

 

 

 

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Ledecka and Galmarini triumph in Rogla pgs

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Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Nevin Galmarini (SUI) have triumphed in the 2016-17 World Cup season's second parallel giant slalom which was staged in Rogla (SLO) today.

 

And unlike the previous years before, the Slovenian resort was finally and deservedly blessed with a lot of snow and a blue bird sky which attracted even more spectators to cheer for their local favourites.

 

While one of them, Rok Flander, finally retired from active racing finishing 17th and another one, Zan Kosir, made it on the podium as third of the men's competition, the big show was delivered by some other carving specialists.

 

In the men's event, it was Nevin Galmarini standing out. After having been victorious agains Sang-Kyum Kim (KOR), and Sylvain Dufour (FRA), the 2014 Olympic silver medallist also eliminated Kosir to move on to the big finals where he faced defending alpine snowboard overall World Cup champion Radoslav Yankov.

 

The Swiss racer was able to outpace the Bulgarian athlete with the tiny lead of 0.12 seconds to bring home his career's eagerly anticipated first win in his 88th World Cup start.

 

“It's just unbelievable. It's so special and very important for me. I have been on the podium a few times but this... Every summer I train so hard doing it to finally win a World Cup race. Now this dream has come true. I'm super happy,” he said.

 

His rival Yankov, who was so close to earn his career's third, stated: “Everything was perfect until the very last gates. I felt good during the runs before but then made some minor mistake at the end. So, I'm a little bit disappointed.”

 

However, the rider from Chepelare, who had turned 27 two days ago, also knew: “But still, I'm happy with my second place, it's been perfect advertising for my home races next week. So, I hope that a lot of people come to Bansko to support me at site.”

 

The ski resort nestling at the foot of the Pirin Mountains and latest addition to the World Cup calendar, will play host to two parallel giant slalom races therefore becoming the second ever snowboard World Cup stop in Bulgaria.

 

Ledecka takes makes it three in Rogla

 

With expectations high in Bansko, it's not clear yet if women's World Cup leader Ester Ledecka will make it there as the Czech superstar plans to compete in the St. Moritz alpine skiing world championships and has to define her travel itinerary.

 

However, “I would love to compete in Bansko,” she said after winning the women's finals.

 

It's been the third time after 2014 and 2016 for her to triumph in Rogla with five World Cup events having been staged on the Jasa slope so far.

 

Ledecka, who is dreaming of winning medals in both, alpine skiing and snowboarding, at PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games kept hold to her title by beating Germany's Carolin Langenhorst, who earned her career's first podium.

 

“It's always a tough race here as it is an hill which is easy – and that makes is so hard to succeed. All the riders are on the very same level. There are only some very small differences.

 

You have to have a good tech and team behind you and be very good prepared in order to go every run as fast as you can,” she explained before adding that “I don't have a special secret. I'm just focusing on every single run trying to be the first one down in the finish.”

 

Ina Meschik finished in third position after coming out successful of an all Austrian small final against her teammate Claudia Riegler.

 

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Tomorrow begins the Bansko world cup weekend. :thumbup: With the success that Jekova and Yankov have had, i think our federation will try to have World Cup starts for a while. It is expected that the saturday/sunday starts to have around 10 000 spectators.

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Great qualification run by Rado Yankov, second time, let's hope he can make the final. :clap: Fischnaller, Christoph Mick, Dufour all didn't pass the Q, very interesting stuff. :) No Ledecka on the womens side, plus Ulbing DNF in the qualification, so it is wide open there. I'm rooting for Zavarzina for the win. :yes

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