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Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup
Halfpipe and snowboardcross.
Melo Imai and Kazuhiro Kokubo grab victory in the Halfpipe of Saas-Fee
Japan dominates the Halfpipe contest in Switzerland: Melo Imai and Kazuhiro Kokubo have won the third Halfpipe competition of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006. 2005 World Cup winner Melo Imai successfully relegated Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) and Doriane Vidal from France to the second and third spot in the ladiesí final in Saas-Fee. In the menís competition, her fellow countryman Kazuhiro Kokubo took the Gold medal with 45.9 points due to his outstanding performance with amazing spins and huge airs. Double World Champion and World Cup leader Antti Autti from Finland came in second. Vinzenz Lueps (GER) completed the podium as third.
When Kazuhiro Kokubo noticed his points, the 17 years-old Japanese started his private celebration party in the finish area although the leader after the first run, Vinzenz Lueps, was still on the top waiting for his second try. But a few minutes later, Kokubo had grabbed his careerís first World Cup triumph: ďIím super happy. Yesterday, I knew that I could adapt my height in this pipe but I didnít do it in the qualification. So Iím glad that I managed it in the final.Ē
Second ranked Antti Autti was also pleased with the result: ďAfter I fell in the first run I did a safety run in the second one. Thus, Iím fine with the podium.Ē Vinzenz Lueps was celebrating some kind of comeback although he bailed right at the beginning of his second run: ďI wanted to attack once more but did a mistake right at my first hit. Thereafter, I lost my concentration. Iím glad to be on the podium because I wasnít able to ride so many Halfpipe events last year due to my injuries.Ē
Although she showed an impressing Frontside 9 right before the finish line in her second run, Lindsey Jacobellis had to accept the victory of Melo Imai. The US-American said after the final: ďIt was my seasonís first Halfpipe contest today. Thus, Iím pleased with the result although I was a little bit shaky. But I gave my best.Ē
Marie Laissus and Nate Holland grab Gold in the Snowboard Cross
Heartbeat final at the end of the World Cup weekend in Saas-Fee: Marie Laissus (FRA) and Nate Holland (USA) have won the third Snowboard Cross of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006. In the ladiesí final, the French rider took advantage of a collision of her three competitors and thus easily came in first celebrating her careerís fourth World Cup triumph ahead of last yearís winner Doresia Krings from Austria and Lindsey Jacobellis (USA). Dominique Maltais from Canada was fourth. In the menís final, the decision of victory was a closer one when Nate Holland was able to cross the finish line with a small lead over World Cup leader Xavier Delerue from France. Damon Haylor from Australia took the third spot and thus entered the podium for the first time. Francesco Sandrini came in fourth.
Marie Laissus had to wait two and a half years for a Gold medal in the World Cup. According to this, the 27 years-old rider was all smiles: ďThatís great. I had a hard season last year but this winter it seems to work out better. I was third in Chile and now Iím first. That shows that Iím in a good shape although I had a bit of luck today.Ē
What the French exactly meant explained Doresia Krings: ďAfter a collision in the middle sector of the course, Marie easily passed all of us three. We then had to jump back into the track and Iím glad that I won this duel.Ē However, Saas-Fee seems to be a good venue for the Austrian: ďIím more than pleased to be on the podium again here in Saas-Fee. I didnít expect it at all although I like this all or nothing courses.Ē
Absolutely short of breath but also battlesome was Nate Holland after his victory: ďThat was a tough course. I tried to ride as fast and as clever as I could. Now it looks good for an Olympic spot. I want that spot! I want to win Gold! And I guess Iím on a good way.Ē
British rider Zoe Gillings didn't race.
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