Jonsson and Stacey win San Candido Halfpipe

Sesto-San Candido (ITA). Another sunny day at Sesto-San Candido where the Halfpipe riders held their 11th competition of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup today. Marcus Jonsson from Sweden and US rider Kim Stacey took the wins in the season’s penultimate Halfpipe.

Although the Swedish team has had bad luck already last week in Park City when their two top Halfpipe riders, Thomas Johansson and Fredrik Sterner, crashed and had to finish the season three weeks prior to its conclusion it didn’t stop also this week when their coach was taken to the hospital suffering from a skin rash. As kind of a compensation two Swedes claimed the first two spots in the men’s Halfpipe contest today.

Marcus Jonsson who had already won the Whistler Halfpipe competition added a second victory to his score. “I really hoped to make it a good one today,” the silver medalist at the Junior World Champion said, “I always made it to the finals but then something always happened. This time I didn’t fall and worked it out. I knew I had a good run, I only needed to get this down. It really is a shame that Thomas and Fredrik couldn’t be here.”

With a score of 41.6 Magnus Sterner was in second position after the first run and only missed to catch up with his teammate in the second by 0.3 points. “The Swedes had so much bad luck,” he said, “all those injuries and now the coach… so we did it for him. The pipe was hard to ride this morning but it turned out to be really good this afternoon.”

Kentaro Miywaki from Japan finished third. “I think I was flying high today,” he said, “but I’m really happy with third place and I hope I can go on like this now.”

Thomas Johansson is already safe for the World Cup win while Fredrik Sterner is still in second. With today’s result Magnus Sterner came closer and is in third place now ahead of Marcus Jonsson. Those two will still be able to catch up with Fredrik at the last competition next week.

Kim Stacey and Tricia Byrnes made the women’s competition a US double. “It was great fun today,” the reigning Halfpipe World Champion said, “everyone was riding so well. This was my last World Cup this season, I’m leaving home now to compete in the US Open next week.”

So does NOKIA rider Tricia Byrnes who finished second today. “It’s too bad both events are at the same time, she said, “it would be great to be in Livigno, to compete when all the other finals are held there but I don’t like to miss the US Open.”

Germany’s NOKIA World team rider Sabine Wehr-Hasler went in third place today and got closer to get claim her first-ever World Cup globe. “Since Tricia is not going to be there next week,” she calculated, “I should be able to make it, but I think I’ll celebrate today’s result and get the big party on in Livigno only once I’m sure about it. Out of 11 races I made it to the podium eight times so this has been my best season ever… the Chrystal globe would be the hit.”

Byrnes still keeps second place ahead of Anna Hellman from Sweden who crashed before performing her first trick in the second qualification run today and finished 14th.

The San Candido stage will be concluded with the season’s 09th Snowboard Cross tomorrow.

1 55 1038482 Stacey, Kim USA 40.5 1000
2 62 1257217 Byrnes, Tricia USA 37.8 800
3 50 1283407 Wehr-Hasler, Sabine GER 36.3 600
4 40 1065060 Yoshikawa, Yuri JPN 35.4 500
5 61 1532503 Hashimoto, Michiyo JPN 33.1 450
6 54 1459365 Olofsson, Anna SWE 31.1 400

after Qualification 2
7 49 1192906 Leando, Melanie GBR 30.6 360
8 47 1047309 Pescosta, Alessandra ITA 30.4 320
9 43 1387294 Bergdahl, Sophia SWE 30.2 290
10 60 1182430 McKenna, Lesley GBR 27.8 260
11 53 1282340 Arpiainen, Nita FIN 26.5 240
12 56 1222394 Otegui, Agurtzane SPA 25.9 220
13 59 1609715 Rauhamäki, Tiia FIN 25.7 200
14 52 1193391 Hellman, Anna SWE 23.0 180
15 46 1348591 Wiksten, Jenny SWE 21.9 160

not in Finals
16 41 1496904 Graeff, Carolinee FRA 21.0 150
17 42 1605835 Grönholm, Sari FIN 20.6 140
18 51 1295629 Montilla, Sonja SPA 18.8 130
19 44 1261873 Farmand, Sandra GER 16.4 120
20 45 1160896 Skrabar, Petra SLO 16.3 110
21 57 Andrieux, Marie FRA 15.5 100
22 58 1300770 Aranda, Teresa SPA 15.3 90

not in Ranking
48 1194846 Kukucz, Malgorzata POL

Timing by SWATCH

1 11 1373326 Jonsson, Marcus SWE 44.3 1000
2 3 1314447 Sterner, Magnus SWE 44.0 800
3 8 1255374 Miyawaki, Kentaro JPN 40.9 600
4 26 1408925 Saumade, Kevin FRA 40.5 500
5 2 1277490 Litovaara, Aleksi FIN 39.7 450
6 4 1276908 Vastamäki, Jari FIN 38.5 400
7 10 1101047 Watanabe, Shinichi JPN 34.2 360
8 12 1296211 Mongelos, Pedro SPA 32.1 320
9 16 1220260 Fernandez, Daniel SPA 30.2 290
10 13 1635129 Holleis, Philipp AUT 29.5 260

after Qualification 2
11 30 1498262 Mercier, Remy FRA 29.8 240
12 20 1349755 Lopez, David SPA 29.0 220
13 14 1277005 Voho, Pasi FIN 28.8 200
14 28 1458395 Danielsson, Tommy SWE 27.6 180
15 22 1340540 Bergsten, Anton SWE 27.2 160
16 9 1555589 Schmidt, Christophe GER 24.8 150
17 29 Kim, Soo-Chul KOR 24.3 140
18 1 1507865 Imboden, Yann SUI 23.8 130
19 23 1634935 Hochwimmer, Andreas AUT 23.1 120
20 24 1586144 Paganini, Matteo ITA 22.9 110
21 27 1379437 Howe, Glenn NZE 22.6 100
22 15 1217835 Kaim, Andrzej POL 18.8 90
23 25 1218126 Starowicz, Lukasz POL 18.1 80
24 21 1538905 Pinto, Raul USA 17.7 70
25 6 1115209 Troger, Philipp AUT 13.0 60

not in Finals
26 18 1652492 Percival, Christian AUT 14.8 50
27 5 1332004 Colombo, William ITA 12.1 45

not in Ranking
7 1047212 Simonazzi, Francesco ITA
17 1584398 Kaarlela, Antti FIN
19 1576444 Suppo, Riccardo ITA