Berchtesgaden (GER). Fortunately the snow falls had stopped but sun was again missing at the “Götschen” where the Halfpipe event as part of the 2000 FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships was held today. Sweden’s Anton Bergsten and US rider Kelly Clark won the gold medals in an exciting final.

It has been a long day with the qualifications starting at 9:00 am and the finals only being concluded by 4:00 pm. After all the snow falls yesterday it has become a lot warmer today with plus five degrees centigrate and the pipe needed a lot of side slipping. However, the riders liked it and made the competition also a nice show at a good level for those who lined up at the pipe all day long. Anton Bergsten from Sweden had been third after the first final run but put all into his second and finally claimed the gold with a total of 45.5 and the highest scores of the day except for the standard airs. “This is unbelievable,” the 19-year-old from Diknaes said, “I did not expect this at all. I was really happy when I made it to the finals today and then I said to myself to just go for it, what I did. The pipe was difficult to ride but I think a good boarder should be able to do any pipe, that’s how it should be. The people who do so are the ones I’m looking up to…” His teammate Marcus Jonsson has been leading after the first but finally missed the win by 0.6 points and seemed to be a bit disappointed: “I’m ok with it but I wanted to win,” he said, “this is my last year with the juniors and therefore I really wanted the gold today. I thought I would take it but then I got to a bad part of the pipe and had to let it happen. It’s good though that a friend took it instead.” Toni-Markus Turunen from Finland finished third.

US rider Kelly Clark won the womens’ competition. “I’m completely overwhelmed,” the 16-year-old from Mount Snow, Vermont, said, “It was pretty fun riding today, just a little bit chucky but they kept it together very well so it was fun. I’m now very much looking forward to ride at the Park City World Cup in three weeks time and apart from that I’m hoping for the Olympics which are still quite far but I can think about it… I still got many more years as a junior and I hope to get it again next year.” Anna Olofsson from Sweden who already had some good results in the World Cup this season, claimed the silver medal and pretty much enjoyed it: “I’m really happy with that,” she said, “and I think this result is very worth since there have been a lot of good riders at the start today, so many youngsters are coming up who are not competing in the World Cup events that often. I’d say it was almost even better level at some points than on the tour…” Canada’s Kim Dunn finished third.

The 2000 FIS Snowboard Junior Worlds will be concluded with the Parallel Slalom tomorrow.

WOMEN
1 20 Clark, Kelly USA 43.0
2 26 1459365 Olofsson, Anna SWE 36.4
3 33 1207553 Dunn, Kim CAN 32.5
4 13 Marbach, Mirjam SUI 31.8
5 3 1282340 Arpiainen, Nita FIN 31.5
6 4 1321140 Berger, Bianca USA 29.2

after Qualification 2
7 12 1444039 Nelson, Rachel USA 26.6
8 11 1609715 Rauhamäki, Tiia FIN 26.3
9 14 1430168 Ligocka, Paulina POL 24.6
10 27 Lemarechal, Flore FRA 23.6
11 29 1557335 Yoshimi, Sae JPN 23.2
12 18 Lähtönen, Anu FIN 21.2
13 30 1457619 Alzina, Cecile FRA 16.9
14 5 1310858 Hesso, Johanna FIN 16.2
15 6 1496904 Graeff, Caroline FRA 16.1

not in Finals
16 23 1366730 Roy, Manon CAN 26.9
17 9 1557238 Yoshimi, Maho JPN 26.8
18 17 1526101 Nicoll, Mercedes CAN 25.7
19 36 1605835 Grönholm, Sari FIN 24.6
20 7 Nadig, Helene SUI 24.0
21 31 1430071 Lewieniec, Katarzyna POL 22.9
22 38 Reinhard, Carla SUI 22.8
23 16 Rimali, Essi FIN 22.6
24 19 Koellbom, Jenny SWE 22.5
25 37 1466640 McAlpine, Lindsay CAN 22.4
26 35 Demard, Jennifer FRA 21.7
27 2 Laurent, Chloé FRA 21.5
228 8 Sairanen, Leena FIN 20.6 1829 24 1217641 Mikolajczyk, Klaudyna POL 20.5
30 39 Andrieux, Marie FRA 18.9
31 28 1195137 Dutton, Charlotte GBR 18.7
32 15 Mittermüller, Silvia GER 15.2
33 10 1642210 Mliadenovic, Sanja CRO 12.4
34 25 Plavec, Ivana CRO 6.8
35 1 Ghdina, Mariapia ITA 6.7
36 34 Costan, Sara ITA 1.7

MEN
from Finals
1 79 1340540 Bergsten, Anton SWE 45.4
2 28 1373326 Jonsson, Marcus SWE 44.8
3 51 Turunen, Toni-Markus FIN 41.9
4 57 1508738 Picot, Tristant FRA 36.4 1
5 54 1441905 Karlsson, Stefan SWE 35.8
6 67 1458395 Danielsson, Tommy SWE 35.7
7 8 Heiskanen, Janne FIN 35.5
8 30 1211821 Guinn, Jonas CAN 34.1
9 41 1529496 Murakami, Daisuke JPN 33.7 1
10 47 Nakai, Takaharu JPN 30.0

after Qualification 2
11 61 1069910 Clancy, Kyle Florig USA 33.0
12 36 1635129 Holleis, Philipp AUT 32.5
13 13 Lönnqvist, John SWE 32.2
14 33 Mattila, Risto FIN 31.1
15 70 1500008 Jacques, Florian FRA 31.0
16 26 1458589 Sandberg, Martin SWE 30.7
17 20 1499911 Le Faucheur, Morgan FRA 29.4
18 64 1555589 Schmidt, Christophe GER 28.6
19 24 1292234 Hagström, Jonas SWE 27.2
20 40 1523870 Mosesson, Hampus SWE 26.9
21 21 Hast, Mikka FIN 26.8
22 49 1542591 Hartweger, Björn AUT 25.1
23 65 1372453 Parker, Brad CAN 22.0
24 62 1500202 Colin, Fabrice FRA 16.0
25 73 1408925 Saumade, Kevin FRA 13.9

not in Finals
26 39 Heiskari, Lauri FIN 27.5
27 66 Bäckström, Iikka FIN 27.5
28 1 Keinänen, Janne FIN 27.5 1
29 22 Tuoriniemi, Jari FIN 27.4
30 80 Rice, Travis USA 27.4
31 44 1427743 Ligocki, Mateusz POL 26.8
32 69 1372356 Labrecque, Pierre-Luc CAN 26.7
33 46 Bodon, Philippe FRA 26.0
34 5 1475758 Fletcher, John AUS 26.0
35 16 1436667 Gendle, Adam GBR 25.9
36 43 Iglesias, Jonathan SPA 25.9
37 48 1497971 Le Guennec, Brice FRA 25.5
38 50 Späni, Renato SUI 25.2
39 25 1449762 Zartarian, Samuel FRA 23.5
40 59 Kaattari, Tuomas FIN 23.2
41 37 1578190 Demaillard, Jérémy FRA 23.1
42 29 Kinnunen, Jari FIN 22.8
43 63 1507962 Dudas, Paul FRA 21.7
44 14 1351986 Doi, Hayato JPN 21.2
45 27 1141205 Warren, Eric USA 21.1
46 34 1508350 Front, Eymeric FRA 20.2
47 6 1392047 Roth, Jon CAN 20.1
48 15 1115209 Troger, Philipp AUT 18.8
49 32 1634935 Hochwimmer, Andreas AUT 18.8
50 74 Villa, Francesco ITA 18.7
51 7 1305329 Gonzalez, Antonio SPA 18.6
52 52 1586144 Paganini, Matteo ITA 18.1
53 72 1556656 Murakami, Fumiyuki JPN 17.9
54 4 1576444 Suppo, Riccardo ITA 16.4
55 76 1217835 Kaim, Andrzej POL 15.6
56 19 Markthaler, Philipp GER 14.8
57 3 1218417 Jekot, Grzegorz POL 14.4
58 10 Percival, Christian AUT 13.2
59 58 1342674 Parker, Felipe CHI 12.5
60 56 1508544 Jean, Benjamin FRA 12.4
61 31 Simunek, Tomas CZE 12.2
62 45 Rocca, Domenico ITA 11.0
63 68 Einsiedel, Orlando GBR 10.1
64 78 1568490 Gallimore, Bud GBR 9.2
65 12 Tarvainen, Jussi FIN 8.0
66 9 Sasiadek, Tomasz POL 8.0
67 75 1575959 Ferro, Massimo ITA 7.8
68 55 1642501 Fleiss, Sebastian CRO 6.8
69 2 Chiesa, Christian ITA 6.7
70 18 Semino, Lorenzo ITA 5.7
71 11 1534540 Patterson, Keith GBR 4.1
72 35 Pompanini, Matteo ITA 4.1
73 71 Tarditi, Michelangelo ITA 3.4
74 60 Liptay, David HUN 2.0
75 53 Greco, Roberto ITA 1.9
76 23 1449471 Holy, Lukasz POL 1.8

not in Ranking
17 1312313 Cambiolo, Luke ITA
38 1215022 Scott, Mike CAN
77 1296502 Sarmiento, Javier SPA
42 Peresciutti, Tomaz SLO

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