Kronplatz/Olang (Italy). Perfect conditions again at the Kronplatz when the seventh Snowboard Cross as part of the 2000/2001 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup was held today. Jasey Jay Anderson and Maelle Ricker claimed the gold and got the Canadian team a double.

The conditions could have hardly been any better ¿ beautiful sunshine all day, minus five degrees centigrate and a nice course that fit alpine and freestyle riders alike. Jasey Jay Anderson made it a hattrick with this third Snowboard Cross win in a row today. Second after the qualifications he took the lead in every run in the finals, similar to the two previous races, and looked safe all the way through. “There is a good compliment for both ¿ alpine and freestyle ¿ on this course,” he said, “it was good for alpine for sure but right off that first jump I went so far, so flat every time… I was lucky that I havn’t blown my shins apart ¿ that was definitely an advantage for soft booters, but I worked the hell out of it and just let it go. It was hard they put the working staff at the top so by the middle you were completely burned. At the bottom it was pretty pretty easy but you still had to be on it and then right at the finish they drew a big kicker, which was fun, but you got to stay and it also kept you on to the finish.”

French rider Guillaume Sachot finished second, his best result ever on the tour. “I’m really happy,” he said, “and it’s just perfect with regard to the World Championships coming up in just a couple of days, it motivates a lot for that one. I just improved all the time and got more and more top ten finishes in Snowboard Cross so second is just great. This course was better then others we had so far this season, good carving and nice jumps. It really was run racing today with such a nice slope and the perfect conditions.”

“Aussi” Zeke Steggall and US rider Scott Wescott have been the other two in the final and were switching second and third place behind Anderson in the upper part right after the start but then they both crashed at the same spot. Steggall was the one to finally make it up again for third place, his first podium after his bad crash at last season’s finals, so he was looked happy. “I was coming second there and wished I could cut the corner,” he said, “That would have been the way to speed that turn but we both fell and my binding turned also. It it was a bit of a race for third spot but I’m over the moon to get to the podium.”

Pontus Stahlkloo from Sweden was the unlucky bird again when he missed a gate in the semi finals and finally made it to fifth place by winning the small final. However, he keeps the lead in the standings ahead of Anderson and Sachot.

Maelle Ricker from Canada contributed to the Candian success by winning the womens’ race. It was her second Snowboard Cross victory on the FIS circuit after Whistler in 1999. “It feels great,” she said, “and it’s a really sweet victory because two years ago I blew out my knee here so I had a revenge on this course today. I was pretty nervous for that reason but I’m glad I worked it out, especially because it wasn’t really my style of course but I still went for it and had a good time. I like big air so it’s a shame that they cut the jump after the start but it still was a lot of fun.”

German rider Sandra Farmand and Marie Laissus from France made it heartbeat finish for second place and only video control could finally confirm Farmand for second place. “After a really bad crash in yesterday’s training I didn’t believe I was able to race today,” she said. “I didn’t feel weel and felt tired in my legs but then my riding improved from run to run. I’m super happy since I didn’t expect it to work that good. It was tight at the finish but I just reduced the speed too much prior to the last jump and Marie just took some more risk. I’m glad I had this little bit of luck finally.”

Laissus took third place. “I was playing milimeters at the finish,” she said, “but it was really exciting. This is my second podium this season and this gives me self confidence to attack at the World Championships. The bumps were pretty tough and it was hard to keep the rhythm but I worked it out and it feels great.”

Karine Ruby from France could defend the yellow leader bib although she missed to make it to the finals and finished fifth today. Farmand is still sitting in second ahead of Laissus.

The riders head on to Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, now where the World Championships will take place from 21 through 28 January.

NOKIAFISWORLDpresentedKronplatz,Jan.19,
Snowboard-CrossFinalRanking

1ANDERSONJaseyCAN
2SACHOTGuillaumeFRA
3STEGGALLZekeAUS
4WESCOTTSethUSA
5STAHLKLOOPontusSWE
6FEICTHERArnoITA
7GREENWOODJeffUSA
8POGUEAntonUSA
9MAIERAlexanderAUT
10GRUENERLukasAUT
11UNGERSvenGER
12POZZOLINIStefanoITA
13MATHERFlorentFRA
14PARETDamienFRA
15ZEZINDenisRUS
16SMITHAdamUSA
17FLETCHERJohnAUS
18EBNERMarkusGER
19ASPMANJonasSWE
20STADLERFelixAUT
21WAINWRIGHTBenCAN
22JANSSONHenrikSWE
23MALUSASimoneITA
24MERMOZAymericFRA
25BOURGAULTThomasFRA
26LAYERMichaelGER
27BORLAVincentFRA
28FONTJordiSPA
29BOWERRickyUSA
30GRUNDELIUSJonteSWE
31NANTERMODGuillaumeSUI
32HOWEGlennNZE
Qualifications
33NUVOLONIChristianITA
34DANIELSSONTommySWE
35TRAKOFLERRobertITA
36PITKALAAntti-JussiFIN
37HACKHOFERArthurITA
38HEUTENEmmanuelBEL
39VAITKOUSDimitriRUS
40MERMILLODOlivierFRA
41DETKOVDenisRUS
42LIGOCKIMateuszPOL
43TICHOMIROVDenisRUS
44VASTAMAKIJariFIN
45STAROWICZLukaszPOL
46CHATZIKYRIAKAKISMarkosGRE
47NOVOTNYMichalCZE
48GEORGOVAlexandar1327736
49HACKHOFERMarcusITA
50PETROVAtanas1327542
51GOLLERAlexITA
52BERGSTENAntonSWE
53TROGERPhilippAUT
54TAGLIAFERRITommasoITA
55SANDRINIFrancescoITA
56SAKKINENJuhaFIN
57JONSSONMarkusSWE
58SUPPORiccardoITA
59MORUZZIRiccardoBRA
60SAELLAndersSWE
61PETRUNAKMarekSVK
62ALMEIDACarlos1079416
63PLANCONGrégoryFRA
50Mathieu1237526DSQ
62Mikko1311343DNF
64Alex1541330DNF
76Francois1407276DNF
89BoyanDimitrovBUL
53Sebastien1449180DNS
58Mariano1384481DNS

Women

1RICKERMaelleCAN
2FARMANDSandraGER
3LAISSUSMarieFRA
4TIKHVINSKAJAMariaRUS
Small
5RUBYKarineFRA
6RANIGLERCarmenITA
7TIBLEAurélieFRA
8DESMARESNathalieFRA
4-Jan
9GUENTHERDorisAUT
10RIEGLERClaudiaAUT
11BERLIOZStéphanieFRA
12RIEGLERManuelaAUT
13MIYAKEYokoJPN
13FULLADORAlessiaITA
15VANERT1006957
16CLARKRIBEIRO1079222
Qualifications
17MARINI-HUBERTPriscillaFRA
18BARCLAYMelissaCAN
19DUBOCEmmanuelleFRA
20NEWTONRachelNZE
21NAMIKIRiyakoJPN
22OTTLynnUSA
23GROENHOLMSariFIN
24HELLMANAnnaSWE
25KUKUCZMalgorzataPOL
26PELLISSIERCoralieITA
26SNOWCharlotteSUI
28REYMarjorieFRA
29CHRISTIANSSONLinaSWE
30FORMOBirgitteNOR
31DEMETERSilviaRUM
32MULARZJoannaBEL
33BRANDTVroniGER
34DIMOVAMaria1327445
35BERVARAnjaSLO
27Julie1403105DNS
43Dominique1468774DNS
49Kim1207553DNS
51Zuzana1524064DNS
55Nicolien1102308DNS
56Kelly1470811DNS
57Marieke1102599DNS
58Heidi1316581DNS
59Ivana1207650DNS
60Anna1408052DNS
62Gretchen1539584DNS
63Petra1160896DNS
64Laura1641822DNS
65Eden1682950DNS