KIM STACEY THIRD, TRICIA BYRNES AND ZACH HORWITZ FOURTH AT MONT SAINTEANNE HALFPIPE
MONT SAINTE ANNE, Quebec (Dec. 19) — In the final snowboard World Cupevent of the millenium Sunday, Sweden won both top spots with Thomas Johansson and Anna Hellman beating out American’sKim Stacey, Tricia Byrnes on the women’s side and Zach Horwitz on the mens’.
Despite a tremendous amount of snow over the past week in the area, thepipe was in pristine condition and the sun was out for the second straightday at the mountain. It was even brighter for Sweden as Thomas Johanssonand Anna Hellman each took the top spot on the podium. Johansson, secondin World Cup points, won with a 38.4 to take his first World Cup victory.Hellman, also second in points, won with a 33.1. It was her second winon the World Cup circuit.
“That was a great day,” Johansson said. “It was nice weather and a goodpipe. I did not expect to get it done like this today but I was just trying to go clean all the way down.”
Yuri Yoshikawa of Japan was second in the women’s competition with a 33.0.Stacey followed with a 30.7 and Byrnes posted a 30.2 for the fourth placefinish. Byrnes remains the World Cup points leader and Stacey is in third.
A pair of Fins came in behind Johansson as Jari Vastamaki was second (37.3) and Aleski Litovaava was third (36.9). Horwitz checked in with a 36.6.Points leader Rob Kingwill (Jackson, WY), a member of the U.S. team, didnot compete.
The snowboard World Cup tour takes a holiday break and returns Janurary8-9 in Avoriaz/Morzine, France for halfpipe and parallel giant slalomevents.