Nagano (JPN). Also the Halfpipe riders have been lucky with the weather finally when the ninth competition of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup was held at Kanbayashi/Nagano today. Sweden’s Thomas Johansson and NOKIA World Team rider Tricia Byrnes from the US claimed the wins on the slope of the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games.

The day at the Kanbayashi Snowboard Park half way in between downtown Nagano and Shigakogen where the Giant Slalom was held yesterday, has been a mixture of bright sunshine and casual snow showers. Most of the training had to be cancelled this week due to bad weather and pipe preparations accordingly.

Thomas Johannson from Sweden had already made it to the finals in the first out of two qualification runs while his teammate Frederik Sterner needed the second to get there. In the finals, Sterner took the lead in the first run with 41.2 points ahead of Johansson but crashed in the second so Johansson had it in his hands to turn the cards and he did. With a score of 42.2 he claimed his third gold this season and by this could also defend the lead in the Halfpipe World Cup standings. “When I went back to the start after the first run,” he said, “I wanted to do a safe run since I knew I could catch up with him with a good run. I tried to so as big as possible but stay stable at the same time and it worked. The pipe was much better today, a good one for everybody riding good.”

Sterner went in second place. “I got into a hole in the second run,” he said, “landed on the edge and bumped down to the bottom. I wanted to improve my score from the first run and finally it was really close between the two of us, but I’m happy for Thomas. Last time I won and he got second so we were just switching places and it stays with the team.”

Sterner also keeps second place in the standings. NOKIA rider Pasi Voho from Finland finished for the third time in a row. “Today it was kind of a surprise for me that I made it so far,” he said, “since I was sick for almost the whole week and doing all those training runs, the qualification and the finals, I was really dieing and I thought that it’s not going to work but I made it and I’m happy. However, I hope I can beat the Swedes sooner or later.”

He stays third in the World Cup also.

US rider Tricia Byrnes dominated the women’s competition and finally won her fourth World Cup this season. “It was hard to hang around for all those days,” she said, “I only flew in on Monday and it was definitely a challenge because we have not been able to practice so you basically just had to put it together. I wasn’t working hard all week trying to get this run down, it was an old one. The pipe was in good shape, it lacked a little bit of transition but it was fun.”

NOKIA rider Sabine Wehr-Hasler from Germany claimed second place. “Especially the second run was one of my best so far this season,” she said, “almost everything was there: height, difficult tricks, it was just fine and I’m happy it worked that way.”

Anna Hellman from Sweden went in third.

With today’s result Wehr-Hasler took the yellow World Cup leader bib from Hellman who is in second now, ahead of Byrnes.

The World Cup heads on to Park City/Utah (USA) now where the next stage will be held on the upcoming weekend featuring Snowboard Cross, Halfpipe and Giant Slalom.

NOKIA SNOWBOARD FIS WORLD CUP
Shigakogen JPN, 27.02.00
HALFPIPE MEN
OFFICIAL RESULT

RANK BIB FIS-ID NAME NAT SCORES POINTS

from Finals1 10 1309791 Johansson, Thomas SWE 42.2
2 20 1234228 Sterner, Fredrik SWE 41.2
3 34 1277005 Voho, Pasi FIN 39.5
4 2 1408925 Saumade, Kevin FRA 37.6
5 11 1054099 Horwitz, Zach USA 36.2
6 33 1101047 Watanabe, Shinichi JPN 34.9
7 23 1277490 Litovaara, Aleksi FIN 34.0
8 36 1373326 Jonsson, Marcus SWE 31.5
9 17 1245383 Vassoney, Sébastien FRA 30.9
10 8 1458395 Danielsson, Tommy SWE 22.2

after Qualification 2
11 5 1027424 Bower, Ricky USA 332.7
12 3 1218902 Scott, Jimi USA 31.9
13 29 1314350 Collomb-Patton, Jonathan FRA 30.9
14 16 1379049 Inoue, Junpei JPN 30.8
15 6 1276908 Vastamäki, Jari FIN 30.7
16 32 1548217 Fisher, Steven USA 30.6
17 30 1294077 Toya, Hayato JPN 29.7
18 4 1294174 Yamada, Katsuya JPN 26.8
19 9 1255374 Miyawaki, Kentaro JPN 26.1
20 31 1372453 Parker, Brad CAN 25.5
21 37 1529496 Murakami, Daisuke JPN 24.6
22 35 1424833 Shibuya, Ken JPN 23.0
23 26 Park, Sung-Jin KOR 21.2
24 1 1096100 Kaji, Yasuhiro JPN 15.6
25 12 1314447 Sterner, Magnus SWE 9.1

not in Finals
26 27 1351986 Doi, Hayato JPN 17.1
27 24 1411350 Kim, Sung-Bae KOR 15.3
28 7 1541427 Bjarnason, Bogi ISL 14.1
29 13 1352083 Makino, Koichi JPN 13.6
30 21 1379437 Howe, Glenn NZE 12.6
31 22 Kim, Soo-Chul KOR 12.3
32 14 1542591 Hartweger, Björn AUT 11.1
33 19 1546277 Lee, Jae-Woong KOR 9.8

not in Ranking
15 1433175 Bjoerck, Anders SWE
18 1209202 Anderson, Jasey Jay CAN
25 1245480 Jamieson, Aaron NZE
28 1231124 Rowlands, Lee NZE

Timing by SWATCH

Women
1 11 1257217 Byrnes, Tricia USA 39.3
2 9 1283407 Wehr-Hasler, Sabine GER 37.8
3 5 1193391 Hellman, Anna SWE 34.9
4 8 1557238 Yoshimi, Maho JPN 31.6
5 6 1361395 Daigo, Sanae JPN 30.7
6 17 1233452 Ootani, Mika JPN 29.4

after Qualification 2
7 1 1065060 Yoshikawa, Yuri JPN 26.9
8 16 1605835 Grönholm, Sari FIN 26.7
9 13 1222394 Otegui, Agurtzane SPA 23.9
10 3 1047309 Pescosta, Alessandra ITA 23.7
11 12 1294368 Mori, Nagako JPN 23.6
12 7 1192906 Leando, Melanie GBR 22.3
13 14 1557335 Yoshimi, Sae JPN 22.0
14 19 1182430 McKenna, Lesley GBR 21.7
15 22 1244316 Yokoyama, Arisa JPN 14.7

not in Finals
16 10 1532503 Hashimoto, Michiyo JPN 19.2
17 21 1261873 Farmand, Sandra GER 18.9
18 2 1625623 Paulamäki, Maija FIN 13.5
19 20 1362850 Saito, Akane JPN 13.4
20 15 1160896 Skrabar, Petra SLO 12.7