FIS World Cup: Last stop of North America tour
After six contests had been held within the last two weeks in Canadaís Cypress, Stoneham and Quebec, two more races will be staged in Sunday River which celebrates its debut as World Cup host.
At the sole stop of the world wide circuit on US-American soil, the best snowboarders are about to compete in a Parallel Giant Slalom on February 26th. One day later, the time trial qualifiers for the season’s seventh Snowboard Cross are scheduled with the finals on February 28th.
At both races, it’s one more time about the battle for some precious World Cup points in the race for the Word Cup title in each discipline. Especially as there are only two more stops to come for both, the PGS and SBX, after the Sunday River contests this week when the snowboarders get the chance to collect more points.
In the PGS ranking, Doris Guenther is currently sitting in the top spot (4,890 points). The 30-year-old is leading with 1,440 points over Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi (3,450) right before the Sunday River race takes place. In addition, only another 118 points behind is Germany’s Amelie Kober (3,232). Therefore, the Salzburg country side resident is close to her career’s first ever World Cup title due to her so far four victories in this winter. However, the battle for the Overall World Cup title is an even closer one. Although Guenther is also leading with 5,610 points as she also starts in the Snowboard Cross, Lindsey Jacobellis (USA, 4,890) is coming right after her also having had four Snowboard Cross victories in the current World Cup season.
Thus, it is pretty likely that the 2006 Olympic Games runner-up will take her second World Cup title in the discipline she is dominating so far. But, the 23-year-old from Stratton, Vermont, should not be too sure about another Crystal Globe as Sandra Frei (SUI, 3,310), Maelle Ricker (CAN, 2,970) and Mellie Francon (SUI, 2,890) are still within range.
On the men’s side, another Austrian is leading a race for the World Cup title as Markus Schairer is leading the SBX standings with 4,160 points. The reigning 2009 World Champion is followed by 2006 Olympic Champion Seth Wescott (USA, 2,700), who hopes to catch up in his home country and Canada’s Mike Robertson (2,530).
In the Parallel Giant Slalom, Siegfried Grabner (AUT) is the man to beat. Having collected 3,900 points so far, the 34-year-old veteran is ahead of Simon Schoch (SUI, 3,080) as well as Matthew Morison (CAN, 2,700) who broke his right hand in the last race at Stoneham. In addition, the duel for the Overall World Cup title is also a very close and exciting one. Having only two more races left in each discipline, both the PGS and SBX, Grabner will fight it out with his team mate Markus Schairer. At the moment, 21-year-old Schairer is in front with a tiny lead of only 260 points.
After they already claimed victory a few days ago on the 2010 Olympic course at Cypress, Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) and Markus Schairer (AUT) also secured Gold at Stoneham and thus extended their Snowboard Cross World Cup lead.
Soko Yamaoka (JPN) and Jeff Batchelor (CAN) have secured the victory in the seasonís sixth halfpipe contest of the 2009 Snowboard FIS World Cup.
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