Mont-Sainte-Anne/Quebec (Canada). With exciting head-to-head duels in Parallel Giant Slalom the 2001/2002 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup was continued today at Mont-Sainte-Anne. Dejan Kosir from Slovenia and French rider Julie Pomagalski took the wins at perfect conditions. Nicolien Sauerbreij went second.

Most of the Snowboard riders have hardly believed that a race was held today when they had got to Mont-Sainte-Anne earlier this week. Snow stayed away from the area totally and only thanks to the continuous efforts of the organizing committee a slope was put in place with manmade snow which turned out to be in excellent shape. Slovenia’s Dejan Kosir, PGS World Cup leader into today’s race, had been in third place after the qualification. In the finals he knocked out Austria’s Andreas Prommegger, won over Mathieu Bozzetto from France and beat Austrian rider Stefan Kaltschuetz to face Gilles Jaquet from Switzerland in the final duel. In the first run Kosir took the lead by 79 hundrets of a second. In the second run Jaquet pushed hard and was the first to cross the finish line but the Slovenian still had the advantage of 34 hundrets and claimed the second consecutive win after last week in Whistler. “I felt great today but I wasn’t sure if I might work it out since this was the first time this season we had a course with hard packed snow,” he said. “You needed to get used to it and I obviously got this done early. I had made myself enjoy it and do a good race ¿ I didn’t worry too much about the result but knew this was a good experience for me anyway. It was a good mixture of sliding and carving. Last week’s result didn’t have any influence since today’s race was a completely different thing and you had to adjust yourself to the slope. I’m glad I worked it out.”

Jaquet turned second and was a bit disappointed: “I made a big mistake in the first run,” he said, “but that’s how it is. The slope was very selective and I picked it up in the second run on the blue course but I just could not catch Kosir anymore, he was doing so well. I always had some problems to find my rhythm on the red course and always worked it out on the blue. You could not put too much pressure and really had to watch out on this course.”

France’s Nicolas Huet met Stefan Kaltschuetz from Austria in the small final for third place. The Austrian won the first run by 48 hundrets of a second but Huet pushed hard all the way down in the second and finally claimed third place. “It was a very nice course, probably one of the best we had this year, but it was really difficult for me,” he said, “I prefer soft snow and I like to go at 100 percent, here, you had to be careful. A lot of the others like that hard snow but those courses are not my favourite ones. I had to work hard and I’m really happy that I got up to second. I fell so many times in the first run and then had to come back in the second. I’m happy that I made it to third place, especially because those were not my favourite snow conditions but I proved that I can be good nevertheless.”

Kosir is further leading the standings ahead of Bozzetto and Huet.

The womens’ race brought out an unusual result with France’s Julie Pomagalski taking her second ever World Cup win in Parallel Giant Slalom and Netherland’s Nicolien Sauerbreij pulling her first-ever top ten result with finishing second. The French had knocked out Italy’s Carmen Ranigler, Doris Guenther from Austria and won over France’s Isabelle Blanc to face Sauerbreij for the ultimate duel. When Pomagalski made a mistake in the first run, the Dutch kept on and had the advantage of 94 hundrets into the second run. Then the French turned it around and won with a total of 20 hundrets. “We haven’t had such hard snow before so I was a bit afraid,” she said, “but I worked it out. I did bad in the qualification but that’s how it is most if the time. When I crashed in the first final run I knew I couldn’t end up worse than second so I just went foit in the second run. I really wanted the win today but was just scared about the hard snow. We have trained a lot on soft snow so had almost forgotten how different it feels with such conditions…”

Nicolien Sauerbreij had surprisingly finished third after the qualification and by this had secured her ticket to the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. In the finals she then pulled it together to make it to the podium for the first time ever. She had beaten Anna Kaltiainen from Finland, France’s Karine Ruby and Marion Posch from Italy and was overwhelmed just having lost the final duel. “I really can’t believe this,” she said, “and might still take some time ¿ I think I need to see a print to believe it… I was kind of relaxed when it got the finals, being third in the qualification was something already. Then I lost my first runs in both the first and second duel but could always make it up again. I’m so glad I made it to second place.”

The “Mission Sauerbreij” was carried to success today. Nicolien and her sister Marieke are always accompanied by her father when travelling around the World. “I thinks it’s perfect to have your father being your coach ¿ some would not agree but I think those are proven wrong today. I’m still young and I have to make my experiences. Today’s race definiteley will contribute to that a lot.” France’s Isabelle Blanc pulled third ahead of Marion Posch.

Karine Ruby, sixth today, still keeps the lead in the standings ahead of Doris Guenther from Austria, fifth place today, and Julie Pomagalski.

NOKIA SNOWBOARD FIS WORLD CUP Mt Ste Anne, PGS – Dec. 14th, 2001 Parallel Giant Slalom

Final Results Men
Rank NAME
Final
1 KOSIR Dejan SLO
2 JAQUET Gilles SUI
3 HUET Nicolas FRA
4 KALTSCHUETZ Stefan AUT
5 GRABNER Siegfried AUT 34.24
6 FEICHTER Walter ITA 34.35
7 BOZZETTO Mathieu FRA 34.37
8 SYLVESTRE Jerome CAN 35.3
9 GRUENER Lukas AUT 34.27
10 EISELIN Urs SUI 34.93
11 KRASSNIG Dieter AUT 34.98
12 EBNER Markus GER 35.06
13 WALDER Harald AUT 35.09
14 CHIQUET Mathieu FRA 35.1
15 PROMMEGGER Andreas AUT 35.26
16 GREENWOOD Jeff USA 35.33
17 SCHOCH Simon SUI 35.4
17 STADLER Felix AUT 35.4
19 RIKARDSSON Richard SWE 35.44
20 EBENBAUER Werner AUT 35.45
21 SAMMER Klaus AUT 35.56
22 FAWCETT Mark CAN 35.68
23 MAIER Alexander AUT 35.76
24 ROLLAND Xavier FRA 35.78
25 SCHOCH Philipp SUI 35.84
26 KLUG Christopher J USA 35.86
26 COPP Stephen SWE 35.86
28 BOIVIN Francois CAN 35.95
29 SALVATI Simone ITA 36.07
30 ASPMAN Jonas SWE 36.11
31 NANTERMOD Guillaume SUI 36.17
32 COSNIER Charlie FRA 36.33
33 ANDERSON Jasey Jay CAN 36.37
34 PRICE Ian USA 36.44
35 THORNDIKE Peter USA 36.68
36 NIEDERSTATTER Kurt ITA 36.71
37 KNAFELJ Tomaz SLO 36.8
38 WARREN Eric USA 36.89
39 HADGKISS Ian CAN 36.94
40 BARONE PITSCHEIDER ITA 36.98
41 KOLLER Alexander AUT 36.99
42 STEGGALL Zeke AUS 37.12
43 RABANSER Georg ITA 37.19
44 CUSINI Gerardo ITA 37.29
44 KAITALA Janne FIN 37.29
46 SAELL Anders SWE 37.43
47 FRANK Sebastien FRA 37.44
48 KILDEVAELD Mike DAN 37.61
49 POGUE Anton USA 37.62
50 VASTAMAKI Joni FIN 37.63
51 FUJIMOTO Teruumi JPN 38.2
52 CHATZIKYRIAKAKIS M. GRE 38.44
53 VENDELIN Mikko FIN 38.87
54 MERMILLOD Olivier FRA 39.13
55 JOHNSON A.J. CAN 39.25
56 KWIATKOWSKI Mike CAN 39.53
57 HORNE Matt CAN 40.33
58 WILTON Clinton AUS 40.34
59 WATTS Andrew CAN 41.54

Final Results Women
1 POMAGALSKI Julie FRA
2 SAUERBREIJ Nicolien NED
Finals
3 BLANC Isabelle FRA
4 POSCH Marion ITA
1/4 Finals
5 GUENTHER Doris AUT 39.11
6 RUBY Karine FRA 39.14
7 TRETTEL Lidia ITA 39.2
8 MEISSER Milena SUI 40.28
1/8 Finals
9 RIEGLER Claudia AUT 38.74
10 RANIGLER Carmen ITA 39.06
11 RENOTH Heidi GER 39.63
12 WINDAHL Aasa SWE 39.75
13 RIEGLER Manuela AUT 39.77
14 MAIR UNTER DER EGG ITA 39.82
15 KALTIAINEN Anna FIN 40.11
16 KOSGLOW Lisa D. USA 40.13
Qualifications
17 CETERA Claire USA 40.29
18 VALDENAIRE Florine FRA 40.3
19 VAN ERT Sondra USA 40.36
20 FLETCHER Rosey USA 40.52
21 DESMARES Nathalie FRA 40.63
22 JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT 40.64
23 REINAUER Katja GER 40.74
24 IIDA Ran JPN 40.85
25 FISCHER Sara SWE 40.89
26 CLOUTIER Helene CAN 40.94
27 DAL BALCON Isabella ITA 40.99
28 HOOKOM Stacia USA 41.15
29 BARCLAY Melissa CAN 41.18
30 REY Marjorie FRA 41.23
31 HASEGAWA Miho JPN 41.52
32 HIMMLER Katharina GER 41.64
33 ZAVIALOV Ekaterina CAN 41.97
34 LIVERS Nadia SUI 42.52
35 SAUERBREIJ Marieke NED 42.56
36 BOISVERT Constance CAN 42.8
37 PLUMMER Sarah CAN 42.87
38 NEWTON Aimee CAN 43.42
39 FINGERLOS Ursula AUT 43.73
40 NEURURER Heidi AUT 43.77
41 LOO Alexa CAN 43.88
42 CHARLES Michelle CAN 44.01
43 BOERMA Marcella NED 44.21
44 TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS 44.44
45 HARROP Jenny CAN 44.91
46 HAGGLOF Aprilia SWE 45.63
REIJ Nicolien NED
Finals
3 BLANC Isabelle FRA
4 POSCH Marion ITA
1/4 Finals
5 GUENTHER Doris AUT 39.11
6 RUBY Karine FRA 39.14
7 TRETTEL Lidia ITA 39.2
8 MEISSER Milena SUI 40.28
1/8 Finals
9 RIEGLER Claudia AUT 38.74
10 RANIGLER Carmen ITA 39.06
11 RENOTH Heidi GER 39.63
12 WINDAHL Aasa SWE 39.75
13 RIEGLER Manuela AUT 39.77
14 MAIR UNTER DER EGG ITA 39.82
15 KALTIAINEN Anna FIN 40.11
16 KOSGLOW Lisa D. USA 40.13
Qualifications
17 CETERA Claire USA 40.29
18 VALDENAIRE Florine FRA 40.3
19 VAN ERT Sondra USA 40.36
20 FLETCHER Rosey USA 40.52
21 DESMARES Nathalie FRA 40.63
22 JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT 40.64
23 REINAUER Katja GER 40.74
24 IIDA Ran JPN 40.85
25 FISCHER Sara SWE 40.89
26 CLOUTIER Helene CAN 40.94
27 DAL BALCON Isabella ITA 40.99
28 HOOKOM Stacia USA 41.15
29 BARCLAY Melissa CAN 41.18
30 REY Marjorie FRA 41.23
31 HASEGAWA Miho JPN 41.52
32 HIMMLER Katharina GER 41.64
33 ZAVIALOV Ekaterina CAN 41.97
34 LIVERS Nadia SUI 42.52
35 SAUERBREIJ Marieke NED 42.56
36 BOISVERT Constance CAN 42.8
37 PLUMMER Sarah CAN 42.87
38 NEWTON Aimee CAN 43.42
39 FINGERLOS Ursula AUT 43.73
40 NEURURER Heidi AUT 43.77
41 LOO Alexa CAN 43.88
42 CHARLES Michelle CAN 44.01
43 BOERMA Marcella NED 44.21
44 TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS 44.44
45 HARROP Jenny CAN 44.91
46 HAGGLOF Aprilia SWE 45.63