In a few days, another first of the 2009 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup takes place as
Cypress is not only hosting three World Cup events for the first time but also organising the
competitions on the 2010 Olympic snowboard venue. The world’s best riders will meet at the
resort close to Vancouver, BC, Canada. More than 300 athletes from 31 countries will
compete in a Snowboard Cross (Feb, 12th + 13th), a Halfpipe contest (Feb, 14th) and a
Parallel Giant Slalom (Feb, 15th) in order to battle for World Cup points and a total price
money of 150.000 Canadian Dollars.
Outstanding line-up
As impressive as the possible pay check for the top ranked athletes of each competition is
the line-up for all three events. In the Snowboard Cross Canada’s squad including 2006
Olympic Bronze medallist Dominique Maltais, Maelle Ricker as well as Drew Neilson, Tom
Velisek and Robert Fagan are looking forward to match with international SBX cracks from
the US like Olympic Champion Seth Wescott, Lindsey Jacobellis, Shaun Palmer, Nate
Holland and Graham Watanabe or Norway’s 2009 World Champion Helene Olafsen and her
fellow team mate Stian Sivertzen as well as Xavier Delerue (FRA), new World Champion
Markus Schairer (AUT),David Speiser (GER), Sandra Frei (SUI) or Zoe Gillings (GBR).
Shaun White ready to rumble
In the halfpipe, the competition for the hosting country and its riders like Brad Martin, Crispin
Lipscomb, 2009 World Championships Silver medallist Jeff Batchelor, Justin Lamoureux or
Dominique Vallée is also more than strong. Led by snowboard super star Shaun White
(USA) and his team mates Danny Kass, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter, some pros from
Europe, Oceania and Asia are also flying to Canada to meet for an outstanding Halfpipe
festival. Besides Antti Autti and Peetu Piiroinen from Finland or French Mathieu Crepel and
Polish Paulina Ligocka everyone of distinction doesn’t want to miss the action and the
chance to compete with the world’s best at the venue for the 2010 highlight. No wonder, that
Ryoh Aono (JPN), Jiayu Liu (CHN) and Australia’s Torah Bright and Holly Crawford accept a
long travel in order drop in the halfpipe at Cypress.
In the Parallel Giant Slalom, Alexa Loo, Kimiko Zakreski as well as Matthew Morison and
2009 World Champion Jasey-Jay Anderson (all CAN) will face the strong Austrian team
including 2009 PSL World Champion Benjamin Karl, PGS Gold medallist Marion Kreiner
and Doris Guenther who not only claimed WCS Silver twice but also leads the Parallel
World Cup with a comfortable lead. In addition, Amelie Kober and Patrick Bussler from
Germany, Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED) and double WCS Silver medallist Sylvain Dufour (FRA)
will be ready to find out who will be the faster one in enthralling head-to-head duels.

Time schedule for Cypress, Canada – All local times:
Thursday, February 12th, 2009: Snowboard Cross Qualifications at 10:00 AM
Friday, February 13th, 2009: Snowboard Cross Finals at 1:30 PM
Saturday, February 14th, 2009: Halfpipe Qualifications at 8:25 AM
Halfpipe Finals at 3 PM
Sunday, February 15th, 2009 Parallel Giant Slalom Qualifications at 9 AM
Parallel Giant Slalom Finals at 1 PM