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Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup
PGS and nightime halfpipe.
Pesko and Korpi grab Gold in the halfpipe at Kreischberg
It was a heartbeat final in the men’s competition: In his third season of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup Janne Korpi was able to celebrate his first triumph. On Kreischberg, the Junior World Champion from Finland (41.8) relegated Mathieu Crepel from France (41.7) by a lead of 0.1 points to the second spot. Markku Korski (FIN) came in third with 41.5 points. In the women’s field, Manuela Laura Pesko won due to an outstanding first run ahead of Doriane Vidal (FRA) and Shiho Nakashima from Japan. Because of her season’s first victory, the 27 years-old Swiss rider took over the World Cup lead.
“I’m so happy. I didn’t expect that”, cheered Janne Korpi after the final. The 19 years-old rider who was the youngest boarder in the final said also: “I just risked everything in the second run. I’m so glad that it was enough in the end. It seems that my World Cup experience now pays off now.”
Beaten by only 0.1 points Mathieu Crepel was still confident with the result: “When I stood as last at the start and everybody was waiting for my run I knew that Janne was close ahead of me. I tried to stick my run which I had in my had. I guess that I would have won if I would have done better. But the second rank is good, too.”
Manuela Laura Pesko celebrated her season’s first Gold: “I’m more than pleased. I had two very good runs and thus also qualified for the Olympics. That is not a matter of course. Especially because I had some problems with the speed in the last third of the Halfpipe. I reckon that my grabbed Frontside 7 made the difference today.”
Meuli and Schoch grab Gold PGS for Switzerland on Kreischberg
It seems that the Parallel Giant Slalom is still the domain of the Swiss riders: In the fifth Parallel contest of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006, Daniela Meuli and Philipp Schoch let the fans of Switzerland scream once again and thus celebrated their season’s second triumph each. The 24 years-old rider from Davos took benefit in her last two runs of the day by two crashes of her opponent Rosey Fletcher (USA). Her fellow countryman Philipp Schoch also came to an easy win over Mathieu Bozzetto because the French race boarder was not able to catch up 1.5 seconds. In the ladies’ field, Ursula Bruhin (SUI) came in third ahead of Swedish Aprilia Hagglof. In the men’s battle for third, Austrian Siegfried Grabner crossed the finish line ahead of Marc Iselin (SUI).
On one of the longest courses in the World Cup, all riders had their problems with the slope today. “Today it was kind of rodeo although my main problem was the view”, explained Daniela Meuli after the race. “It was sometimes like a lottery because nobody came down without making some mistakes. It was a tough fight. Thus, I’m glad that I won.”
Siegfried Grabner said something similar: “Today, it was hard to board because both courses had their different difficulties. If you were going down full speed you for sure did some mistakes. But I’m happy that I made a big step towards the Olympic Games! Thus, I can look forward to the next races less nervous.”
Rosey Fletcher from the USA declared her love to the venue: “Here on Kreischberg I once won and finished once third. Now I grabbed Silver. Kreischberg will always have a special place in my heart!”
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