Ischgl (Austria). After a one week break the 2000/2001 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup will be continued next weekend in Ischgl, Austria.

The competitions were originally scheduled for Tandadalen, Sweden, but had to be cancelled due to the snow situation in Scandinavia. Despite a huge program in connection with the season opening “Havanna Warm-up” next weekend, Ischgl agreed to host the second World Cup stage featuring a Parallel Slalom and two Parallel Giant Slalom races from 01 through 03 December so Snowboard action and tropical heat at a huge Cuban Party on Saturday can be expected at the same time. All pubs, bars and discos will present themselves in Cuban style with a lot of Samba and Mambo…

The sports action will be all about exciting head-to-head duels. Last year’s Overall World Cup champion Mathieu Bozzetto from France is unquestionably one of the strongest riders in parallel racing but he is still recovering from an operation which he passed in mid October. “It’s not a big thing,” he said when he was attending the World Cup in Tignes as a spectator only, “my knee cap was broken and a piece was always moving so I decided to pass this operation and they took the whole thing off. I hope I’ll be ready for the next World Cup”

His teammate and strongest rival Nicolas Huet is his best friend also but however likes to catch up with Bozzetto this year. So does Felix Stadler from Austria who finished third in the parallel standings last season. Other contenders are the Swedes Richard Richardsson and Stephen Copp as well as Austria’s Dieter Krassnig.

Manuela Riegler from Austria, 2000 Overall World Cup champion, just missed to also claim the title in parallel racing in the last race only when she had to leave it with French rider Isabelle Blanc. Amongst others especially France’s Karine Ruby as well as US rider Rosey Fletcher, Sara Fischer from Sweden and Heidi Renoth need to be considered for a top rank also. Margherita Parini from Italy prefers the single Giant Slalom but also added a win in parallel racing to her scores last season and she intends to further improve, especially with regard to the 2002 Olympics where Giant Slalom will be replaced by Parallel Giant Slalom.

SCHEDULE

Friday, 01 December09h00 / 13h00Parallel Slalom

Saturday, 02 December09h00 / 13h00Parallel Giant Slalom 18h00Cuban PartySunday, 03 December09h00 / 13h00Parallel Giant Slalom