(Sat.11.03.99, bh) The night finals of the third last Halfpipe Competitionof the Motorola ISF World Championships has ended about a couple of minutesago in an exciting night final with thousands of spectators and the resultsshow both: The favorites succeeding and new stars rising:
Stoneham, about a 20 minutes car-drive away from Quebec City, again provedto be one of the hottest spots of the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour, theentire resort is strongly behind the event and the setup of thisnight-final, with flashlights, scanners and a huge sound system is reallyreflecting a Snowboard event at it’s best.
Women’s leader in the Motorola ISF World Championship ranking, NorwegianStine Brun Kjeldaas (Duotone) dominated the finals with two clean runs,showing FS 720ies to huge 540ies. “After I won the semi-finals, I was prettynervous about the finals, but it worked out perfectly. There are still twomore Halfpipe-competitions to come of the Motorola ISF World Championships,and I am looking forward to the big showdown in Switzerland”, Stine statedright after her victory. Second placed Minna Hesso (FIN/Salomon) showed goodand technically difficult riding, she came close before third placedAustrian Junior World Champion ’98, Caro Ehrenstrasser (Burton). “Afterwinning the qualification yesterday, I was really hoping to bring my runsdown in the finals as well – I crashed so often in previous finals thisseason that I was really feeling a bit insecure. Now I am totally happy thatit worked out! This podium-rank is the best warmup for next weeks ISF JuniorWorld Championships in Les Menuires/FRA, where I will compete next week.”
At the men’s, a new Star was born tonight: 20 years old Stoneham localGuillaume Morisette, who qualified for the World Series event through thepre-qualifiers rounds, defeated the creme de la creme of the Worlds bestHalfpipe riders with incredibly skilled riding. “Yeah, I was hoping to endup first at my home-contest, but now that it really worked out, I can hardlybelieve it! Of course this is the best thing that can happen, winning yourhome-event”, the pretty stoked winner stated. Second placed was bestEuropean, Swiss Sims rider Thierry Brunner, who, after winning thesemi-finals and crashing in the first of his final runs had to riskeverything in his (last chance) second one. “All I tried to do was repeatingthe run which brought me first place in the semi-finals, but due to the factthat it was my last chance, I felt pretty nervous. But with this crowd ofdiehard-Snowboard spectators along the contest site, you feel so pushed thatyou have to give everything. I am totally happy that it paid off, tonightthere’s gonna ba a real big party in downtown Quebec City I think”, Brunnersaid with a big smile.Third place went to Norwegian Espen Arvesen (Burton), who could shorten hisdistance to Motorola ISF World Championship leader Ross Powers (USA/Burton)a little. Powers, who ended up 4th today after crashing at the second lasthit in his awesome second final run. But it is going to become a tough jobto take over Powers’ lead, he’s still far ahead of (not competing inStoneham) Gian Simmen (SUI/Blue Window) and Arvesen. Besides that, there areonly two contests to be held until the tour-finals.
Tomorrow, the Super G is scheduled here in Stoneham, before the World’s bestriders will move on to Stratton Mtn/Vermont for the 18th edition of thelegendary US Open, the next stop of the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour. Makesure to check your e-mail and you’ll know it all first.
Results Halfpipe Women
RankSurnameFirst NameNatSponsorISF WR PointsPrize Money Points
Results Halfpipe Men
RankSurnameFirst NameNatSponsorPointsPrize Money Points
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