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Brockhoff and Haemmerle win season's sole sprint sbx race



Belle Brockhoff (AUS) and Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) have triumphed in the 2016-17 season's third snowboard cross World Cup race which was staged in Bansko (BUL) today.


Both riders lived up to the expectations coming out strong of the time trials two days ago to take home their respective career's third and fourth in the tour's sole sprint event which featured tons of interesting and exciting knock out heats therefore making the first ever sbx World Cup on Bulgarian slope a short but sweeping show and a true advertising for the sport.


Brockhoff, who had won the hole shot in all of her heats staged at the foot of the Pirin Mountains and in front of some 5,000 thousands noisy spectators, crossed the finish line in the women's final first with quite a comfortable lead on best qualifier Eva Samkova (CZE) therefore taking over the World Cup lead with 2,400 points from the reigning Olympic champion (2,250).


“I'm really happy with today. It's been a fun time here in Bansko. They put up a good show, and they built a really good course which worked really nicely. It was the most technical start section that we had. That's cool to see. I love this kind of starts,” Brockhoff said.


With a course length of only 20sec, no turns but a straight line, course builders had focused on the features to avoid a pure drag racing. However, good gliding skills combined with a perfectly waxed board also helped riders to do well.


Best example was Chloe Trespeuch (FRA) who managed to come back strong after a late start and stormed to a third rank finish in the Bulgarian sleet after the first rounds had been taken place in dry and perfect conditions.


Photo finish in men's final


While the women's event saw a dominant rider taking home the glory, the men's final became an exciting and close battle for the win on the 330 metres long straight sprint course.


In the end, it was third best qualifier Alessandro Haemmerle who made the smartest move landing first after the pen-ultimate jump therefore being able to pick up the decisive speed advantage over his rival Pierre Vaultier (FRA) who was soaring through the air just a bit longer.


The Austrian racer, still pumped by his win in Solitude two weeks ago, managed to bring the nose of his board to the front finally coming out successful of the photo finish decision against the 2014 Olympic champion who had posted the second best qualifying time last Thursday.


“It's amazing that I was able to take another one after winning in Solitude. I took a risk in the finals landing on the first and not the second possible transition, and it worked out,” Haemmerle summed up.


And Vaultier added: “It was a pretty tough race. It looked out fine in the big final but then Alessandro caught up because he had the better technical move. So, he definitely deserved the win today. It was a brave battle with him and the rest of the final.


Thanks to his second consecutive win, 23-year-old Haemmerle took over the World Cup lead from Omar Visintin (ITA) who finished in fifth position today. The South Tyrolean athlete, however, also has piled up 2,050 points so far but has one win less than the rider from Austria.


But “Izzy” is keen to keep hold to that yellow leader bib: “Being the new World Cup leader is a huge motivation. I will try to defend it as long as I can.”


Baptiste Brochu (CAN) rounded out the men' podium as third celebrating his career's second podium finish.


The snowboard cross World Cup tour continues next week with a double event in Feldberg, Germany. From February 10 to 12, 2017, two individual sbx races are scheduled.








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Zavarzina and Dufour top second Bansko parallel giant slalom



Bansko's successful debut as a snowboard World Cup host wrapped up today with wins for Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Sylvain Dufour (FRA) who stood out in the second parallel giant slalom staged on the Alberto Tomba slope of the Bulgarian resort nestling right at the foot of the Pirin Mountains.


Facing challenging conditions, Dufour brought home his first win since 2014 holding the upper hand on Radoslav Yankov (BUL) thanks to a superb carving technique. Through the first gates of the 500 metres long course, he set the local favourite under pressure and forced him to a decisive mistake.


Barracked by an once again stellar crowd of more than 5,000 spectators the 27-year-old World Cup leader from Chepelare thad ried to keep the momentum from his victory in Friday's historical race going for another win on home soil but caught the wrong edge in a backside turn almost taking out Dufour, too.


But the French racer saw disaster coming, avoided the crash and brought home his career's fourth.


“I loved it today. Winning here is an amazing feeling. You had to fight a lot today, I'm so happy,” Dufour said while his rival Yankov added: “At first, I was disappointed because of my crash but now I'm really happy about my second rank finish.”


Stefan Baumeister (GER) earned his career's first podium finish on the World Cup tour coming out successful of the small final against four-time world champion Benjamin Karl (AUT).


Superzina wins tight battle


In the women's competition, best qualifier Zavarzina claimed her career's third beating Friday's winner Patrizia Kummer (SUI) in the women's big final which was a tight battle from start to finish line therefore taking over the disciplines World Cup lead.


“It's been a fantastic venue. I love the people here. Everybody was so supportive. However, today had some pretty challenging conditions. It was really hard not to fall, really hard to keep the balance in the turns. It was exhausting but I managed to work 100%, and I'm happy about the win,” summed up the Russian raceboarder.


Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi rounded out the podium with Cheyenne Loch of Germany being forced to settle for fourth.


The alpine snowboard World Cup tour continues in Bokwang, Korea where the official Olympic test event (PGS) for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang will take place on February 12, 2017.






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US riders with slopestyle podium sweep in Mammoth



Riders from the USA have dominated the 2016-17 snowboard freestyle World Cup tour's fourth slopestyle event which was staged during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix stop in Mammoth Mountain, CA.


The U.S. Snowboard roster claimed all podium spots in both, the women's and men's events which were finally able to go down today after snowfall and heavy wind had forced event organisers to postpone the finals twice.


In the women's event and still facing challenging conditions with flat lights, Olympic champion Jamie Anderson, the best qualifier and last to drop in of the eight girls going for the win took advantage of her experience and strong nerves scoring a 80.25 for her second run which included a frontside 180 to 50-50 to 180 off, boardslide 270 off, handplant, transfer over rail, backside air as well as a frontside 540, cab underflip 540 and backside rodeo 540 over the jump line to walk away with her career's seventh.


Hailey Langland, fresh off a big air win at the X Games and sitting on the top spot after run one finished in second position with a 77.40 while Julia Marino, winner of the X Games slopestyle gold this year who landed a cab double underflip rounded out the podium as third (71.85).


“I'm feeling grateful after a crazy week of procrastination and weather, and I think patience really paid off this week. We finally were able to run the finals, and all the girls were able to put down some gangster runs.


I couldn't be more happy after landing on the top. I can't believe I just beat a cab double underflip. I loved that,” Anderson summed up.


Teen to grab career's first


In the men's competition, it was Redmond Gerard who stood out.


The 16-year-old shooting star of the current World Cup season, who also took over the World Cup lead today due to his career's first, threw down the winning run in his first run already with a frontside 270 to boardslide, crippler 450 stalefish, boardslide, air to fakie, cab boardslide, backflip, frontside 900 and a switch backside 1260 to backside 1080 setting the bar too high with a 87.95 for the rest of the 16-men field of the two run, best one count finals.


“I'm feeling super good. I'm stoked that I put one down. At first I thought the jump section would be gnarly with the flat light but it turned out to be fine. You just had to trust your skills and trust your landings,” Gerard said


Kyle Mack finished in second (77.05) and Dylan Thomas in third (73.95) therefore not also claiming their career's first World Cup podium but also earning a decent first result in the US' national Olympic qualifier series of which the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth was the first stop.


The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues next week in Quebec City, Canada.


From February 9 to 12, 2017, the season's fifth slopestyle and final big air World Cup stop which also serves as final event of the Super Series will take place during the Snowjamboree 2017.



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Veterans Clark and White upstage Mammoth halfpipe field



US superstars Kelly Clark and Shaun White have claimed victory in the 2016-17 snowboard freestyle World Cup season's third halfpipe competition which took place at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth Mountain, CA.


Defending Mammoth champion Clark, the most successful snowboarder of all times, was on fire in the final of the six best qualifying women of whom only three did compete due to other competition obligations. However, the three remaining girls delivered a great show.


Clark, a three-time Olympic medallist, stomped a solid second run consisting of frontside air, backside 540, frontside 1080, cab 720, crippler and a final backside air to earn the high score of 91.75.


“I'm really happy that I put down a run like I did today. I think regardless of the circumstances or how many people are in the event you wanna do a run you came to do,” said Clark.


The 33-year-old relegated Haruna Matsumoto (JPN; 87.50) to the second rank who had landed a frontside air to backside air, frontside 900, backside 900, frontside 720, cab 720 and a frontside 540. Hannah Teter (USA; 36.25) placed third after bailing on her final backside 900.


A stars and stripes kinda thing


In the men's event, which featured all registered athletes of the Grand Prix after the qualifiers had to be postponed several times due to the bad weather conditions, Shaun White celebrated a decent return to the Word Cup tour earning his career's fifth, the first since 2013.


The 2006 and 2010 Olympic champion landed an impressive first run wowing the judges with a method to frontside double cork 1080 mute, cab double cork 1080 stale, frontside 540 stale, double mctwist 1260 japan and a frontside 900 to finish things off.


Earning a score of 94.00 White underlined that he is on a good way to become who he was before Sochi 2014 – the man to beat when it comes down to halfpipe riding.


“I'm feeling great. You know, the weather wasn't great, we just kept waiting, waiting and waiting. It was tough to sit around thinking about what you would do. I didn't have the best contest at X Games so I was excited to come here and be the normal me and put some runs down,” White stated.


Ryan Wachendorfer (90.75), who earned his career's first podium as second with a frontside 900 tail to double michelchuck, frontside double cork 1080, cab 720, frontside 720, cab double cork 1080 as well as Louie Vito (83.25) completed the all-American podium sweep.


Their teammates Gregory Bretz (82.25) and Jake Pates (81.75) also added up to the great showing of the home roster finishing as respective fourth and fifth.


In total, eight riders from the US made it to the top-10 with reigning world champion and X Games gold medallist Scotty James (AUS; 75.25) and his fellow countryman from down under Kent Callister (69.00) being the only ones to keep up with the hosting nation's team as respective sixth and eighth.


The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues next week in Quebec City, Canada.


From February 9 to 12, 2017, the season's fifth slopestyle and final big air World Cup stop which also serves as final event of the Super Series will take place during the Snowjamboree 2017.






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