Park City/Utah (USA). The conditions for today’s Halfpipe as part of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup have been as perfect as yesterday with sunny blue skies all day long. US riders Tommy Czeschin and Tricia Byrnes won the season’s tenth contest at the Park City Mountain Resort

Since the Olympic Halfpipe is not yet in place, today’s event was held on “Payday” where last year’s competition had been.

Taking four out of six medals in both the men’s and the women’s race the US riders were dominating. Tommy Czeschin secured his final score with his first run and claimed his second World Cup win this season. “I’m stoked,” he said, “I just got my first run down solid, I wanted to land smooth and clean, just do a couple of spins and a flip for I could go all out in my second. The pipe was really good, a little small but it turned out to be a really good one.”

Last year’s Halfpipe World Cup champion Ross Powers, who registered for a race on the tour for the first time today, went in second place. “I stayed in the States a lot,” he said, “did a couple of competitions here like X Games and Goodwill Games but it was fun to rider with the guys which I haven’t seen for a while. Tommy and I have been close all year and it’s good to seem him up there, he definitely deserves it. The snow conditions of the pipe were really good, the pipe was even and smooth so you didn’t have to think about where to do a trick, all the wall was pretty even ¿ that was really good ¿ it would just be nice to have it bigger, like those Superpipes and then it would be awesome.”

Magnus Sterner took third place and got the Swedes a little balance for really bad luck today: Magnus’ cousin Fredrik Sterner hurt his wrist in the training before the qualification while Tommy Johansson crashed right before the finals and both will not be able to finish the season. That is too bad since Johansson still keeps the lead in the standings ahead of Fredrik Sterner and Pasi Voho from Finland who has gone back to Europe after Nagano and will be back for the last two stages in Italy.

Tricia Byrnes and Kim Stacey made it a US double in the women’s competition as well. “It was awesome to be here and kind of know what’s gonna happen in 2002,” Byrnes said who claimed her fifth win this season, “I think the level of riding really came up a lot here. The pipe was great although we were kind of looking for a Superpipe but it was fun riding, sunshine, a lot of people, it could not have been any better.”

Stacey, taking second place, added: “Everybody was riding well, especially the Americans, this was good to see. The pipe was in good shape, a little small since we’ve been riding a lot Superpipes this year and I hope we will have that here next year as well.”

Sabine Wehr-Hasler from Germany finished third and kept the World Cup lead ahead of Byrnes and Sweden’s Anna Hellman, who finished seventh today.

Superpipes have been a big issue, especially brought up by the North American riders and since the Halfpipe for 2002 has not been built yet they are looking for a chance to have a super pipe for the Olympics. “At least 80 percent of the riders on the World Cup tour have never ridden in a Superpipe,” Ted Martin said, Chief race director of the FIS Snowboard World Cup “So it’s hard to comment on that. One thing that we would want to see prior to a decision regarding the Olympics is that over half of our World Cup Halfpipes should be Superpipes built by Superpipe Dragons. Having two or three Superpipes a year does not necessarily mean that we should have a Superpipe at the Olympics. One problem is that the Superpipe Draggon is really expensive and I don’t know even how many they are able to make plus the resorts have also bought their grooming machines. I don’t know if a lot of them will buy a new one and spend the money to built a pipe with this amount of snow that we need. We will work on the whole thing over the summer, go to some resorts to work with the Superpipe Draggon and check what the situation is.”

The Giant Slalom riders will conclude the Countdown to Gold tomorrow on “CB’s run” where the Alpine Giant Slalom and the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom will be held during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games.Men
1 Czeschin, Tommy USA 45.3 1000
2 Powers, Ross USA 43.6 800
3 Sterner, Magnus SWE 41.6 600
4 Bower, Ricky USA 40.1 500
5 Morisset, Guillaume CAN 39.7 450
6 Horwitz, Zach USA 37.6 400
7 Wescott, Seth USA 37.4 360
8 Jonsson, Marcus SWE 34.4 320
9 Saumade, Kevin FRA 33.7 290

after Qualification 2
11 Kingwill, Rob USA 36.9 240
12 Perreault, Charles CAN 36.0 220
13 Nelson, Christopher USA 35.7 200
14 Anderson, Jasey Jay CAN 34.4 180
15 Vastamäki, Jari FIN 34.2 160
16 Fernandez, Daniel SPA 32.0 150
17 Scott, Jimi USA 31.2 140
18 Watanabe, Shinichi JPN 29.6 130
19 Howe, Glenn NZE 29.3 120
20 Lopez, David SPA 29.2 110
21 Wainwright, Ben CAN 25.6 100
22 Hall, Cooper USA 24.4 90
23 Danielsson, Tommy SWE 22.4 80
24 Rice, Travis USA 22.0 70
25 Parker, Brad CAN 21.7 60

not in Finals
26 3 1068067 Petraska, Adam USA 18.2 50
27 7 1507865 Imboden, Yann SUI 17.5 45
28 23 1277490 Litovaara, Aleksi FIN 17.1 40
29 22 1538905 Pinto, Raul USA 16.9 36
30 31 1347815 Baher, Franz CHI 16.3 32
31 44 1296211 Mongelos, Pedro SPA 16.1 28
32 41 Hicks, Andy USA 15.3 26
33 24 1039743 Mclain, Travis USA 13.9 24
34 21 1447434 Mosiman, Christian USA 13.1 22
35 11 1447143 Smith, Jason R. USA 10.6 20
36 43 1559566 O’Connor, Matthew USA 9.4 18
37 34 1342674 Parker, Felipe CHI 7.8 16

not in Ranking
1 1496710 Smith, Austin USA
2 1245383 Vassoney, Sébastien FRA
14 1314350 Collomb-Patton, Jonathan FRA
15 1068649 Giblin, Garret USA
25 1234228 Sterner, Fredrik SWE
26 1141205 Warren, Eric USA
36 Reilly, Mark USA

1 Byrnes, Tricia USA 37.8 1000
2 Stacey, Kim USA 37.5 800
3 Wehr-Hasler, Sabine GER 35.1 600
4 Hashimoto, Michiyo JPN 34.4 500
5 Yoshikawa, Yuri JPN 31.7 450
6 Bleiler, Gretchen USA 28.8 400

after Qualification 2
7 Hellman, Anna SWE 32.9 360
8 Warner, Paige K USA 29.6 320
9 Johnson, Amy USA 27.8 290
10 McKenna, Lesley GBR 27.2 260
11 Vallee, Dominique CAN 26.8 240
12 Leando, Melanie GBR 26.7 220
13 Berger, Bianca USA 23.6 200
14 Rose, Autumn USA 21.7 180
15 Skehan, Griselda USA 17.6 160

not in Finals
16 Burke, Stacey CAN 27.9 150
17 Pescosta, Alessandra ITA 26.6 140
18 Otegui, Agurtzane SPA 25.1 130
19 Sundberg, Jamie USA 23.6 120
20 Manfredi, Jana USA 22.8 110
21 Parker, Suzy NZE 22.5 100
22 Fletcher, Kate M USA 22.1 90
23 Rodger, Roberta CAN 16.5 80
24 Kunkel, Carolyn USA 15.8 70
25 Marshall, Tiffany USA 15.1 60
26 Ekker, Patti USA 13.1 50
27 Martinez, Laura USA 10.0 45

not in Ranking
Dunn, Kim CAN
Nelson, Rachel USA
Whalen, Lindsey USA
Fletcher, Beth A USA
Glazier, Lori CAN