Dominique Maltais and Michal Novotny have won the last Snowboard Cross ofthe NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006. In the ladies’ final heat atJapanese Furano, the Canadian rider successfully competed against OlympicSilver medallist Lindsey Jacobellis (USA), Swiss Sandra Frei and her fellowcountrywoman Maelle Ricker. Due to her victory, the 25 years-old also wonthe Crystal Globe of the Snowboard Cross World Cup ahead of Ricker andAustrian Doresia Krings who placed fifth today.

On the men’s side, the winner of the qualification Michal Novotny surprisedthe whole starter field. The Czech was able to repeat his good performanceof the morning in the head-to-head duels and thus celebrated the first everySnowboard victory for his home country. In an enthralling photo finish,Marco Huser (SUI) came in second. Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) crossed thefinish line third ahead of Jason Smith (USA). Due to his third rank and theabsence of the so far leading Xavier Delerue (FRA), the “Canadian rockettook home the Snowboard Cross title ahead of his team mate Drew Neilson.Delerue finally ranked third.

Regarding his historical triumph at final of the Snowboard Cross, MichalNovotny said: “I feel great. This was the best race of my life. Although Iwon the qualification I never expected to jump on the top spot of thepodium. Asked for the close finish he answered: “I couldn’t see Marco but Ifelt how close he was right behind of me after my little mistake at the lastcorner jump.

And these missing centimetres made Marco Huser disappointed: “For sure I’m alittle bit angry right now. It was so close and I was so fast the whole daybut in the final I couldn’t pass him. When I saw my chance right at the endI couldn’t do it either.

Compared to the men’s photo finish, Dominique Maltais had secured her season’s second triumph with a comfortable lead and also won the World Cup title:”Since I started to compete in the World Cup it was my goal to win theCrystal Globe. This title means the same to me like my Bronze medal which Itook home from the Olympics. It also shows how constantly I rode thisseason. I always had good results. It’s a fantastic finish of the season.

But not only for Maltais, also for the Canadian federation because Jasey JayAnderson was able to win the Snowboard Cross World Cup title, too: “After aseason with so many set-backs and disappointing results I’m glad to end upthe season with the Crystal Globe. I earned it because I was able toconcentrate again and again on my sport.

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