LG Snowboard FIS World Cup 2011: Finale In Arosa, Switzerland
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will organize two snowboard cross races on the 24th and 25th, one halfpipe competition on the 26th, and a parallel giant slalom on the 27th to finish things off. Some of the Crystal Globes are still up for grabs.
The battles over the course of the 2011 World Cup weekend will decide the World Cup titles and Crystal Globes. So far, Clemens Schattschneider has already claimed the first ever Big Air-Slopestyle World Cup title and Ekaterina Tudegesheva clinched her career’s first small and big Crystal Globe for the Parallel World Cup and the Speed Overall World Cup titles.
While Dominique Maltais' almost 2000 point lead over Lindsey Jacobellis makes it very likely that she will take home a Crystal Globe, the fight for glory is a way tighter one on the men’s side.
The nine top mens riders are all within 960 points, so they each wll have the opportunity to challenge current World Cup leader, Jonathan Cheever, for the win.
On the freestyle snowboarders’ side, all eyes are on two duels. Women’s World Cup leader Xuetong Cai has a lead of 700 points over running-up World Champion Holly Crawford. Thus, she only needs an eighth rank to claim her first ever World Cup title.In contrast, the difference between the top two men, Nathan Johnstone and Ryo Aono, is not more than 280 points.
The last decision will take place on Sunday, when Benjamin Karl enters the parallel slope in Arosa, Switzerland, aiming for a successful title defense. Chances are high that the 2011 Double World Champion will walk away with another Crystal Globe since he currently has 5,500 points, a comfortable lead over his pursuers Andreas Prommegger and Roland Fischnaller. His main rival and team mate Prommegger will also try to start handicapped as he tore two ligaments in the left ankle and also fractured his right knee’s ACL in last weekend’s race.
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Xuetong Cai and Ryo Aono have won the seasonís fourth halfpipe contest, which wrapped up todayís double event at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, thus extending their lead in the race for the Crystal Globe.
Warm temperatures at the parallel giant slalom of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup made the course hard to handle. The conditions led Isabella Laboeck to make decisive mistake that gave Ekaterina Tudegesheva the win.