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Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup
Halfpipe and snowboardcross.
Saas-Fee attracts with Halfpipe and Snowboard Cross
Superb entry list for the first tour stop in Switzerland
It’s the fourth stop of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006 in Europe: This week, the stars of the scene meet in Swiss Saas-Fee. Like last season’s debut as World Cup host, the “Pearl of the Alps” organises two competitions. On October 20th and 21st, the freestylers perform their tricks in the Halfpipe. On Saturday, the Snowboard Cross specialists push the pedal in the final.
In the Halfpipe, the fans can look forward watching the duel between Xaver Hoffmann (GER) and Double World Champion Antti Autti (FIN) for the lead in the World Cup standings. But their team mates will struggle for the victory as well. Jan Michaelis, Vinzenz Lueps and Christophe Schmidt are coming from Germany – Risto Mattila, Janne Korpi and Miikka Hast from Finland. In their home country, Markus Keller, Manuela Laura Pesko and local Frederick Kalbermatten will start highly motivated. 2005 World Cup winner Mathieu Crepel and current World Champion Doriane Vidal will drop in as well as Junior World Champion Sophie Rodriguez (all FRA). Also, Mercedes Nicoll (CAN) and Lindsey Jacobellis have good chances to capture the podium.
In addition, the US-American is as current World Champion like her team mate Seth Wescott, who rushed for Gold in Whistler, too, amongst the favourites in the Snowboard Cross. The have to face a real armada from Switzerland. Ueli Kestenholz, Marco Huser, Tanja Frieden, Mellie Francon and Olivia Nobs want to get on top of the podium after last year two riders from other nations were grinning from the first rank. 2005 World Cup winner Doresia Krings (AUT) and Michael Layer were celebrating their victory. It was the first title for the German, which he wants to defend on Saturday against strong French Xavier Delerue and Sylvain Duclos. But Italians Stefano Pozzolini and Simone Malusa also want to win as well as Lukas Gruener from Austria, Drew Neilson and Jasey Jay Anderson (both CAN). In the women’s competition one has to keep World Cup leading Maelle Ricker from Canada in mind and her fellow country woman Dominique Maltais – not to forget French Deborah Anthonioz and Marie Laissus as well as Zoe Gillings (GBR).
Thursday, October 20th:
Halfpipe Qualification at 09:30
Friday, October 21st:
Snowboard Cross Qualification Men at 09:45
Halfpipe Final at 13:00
Saturday, October 22nd:
Snowboard Cross Qualification Ladies at 09:45
Snowboard Cross Final at 12:30
[All local times]
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