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 CUPMt Ste Anne, PGS – Dec. 14th, 2001Parallel Giant Slalom

Final Results Men
RankNAME
Final
1KOSIR Dejan SLO
2JAQUET Gilles SUI
3HUET Nicolas FRA
4KALTSCHUETZ Stefan AUT
5GRABNER Siegfried AUT34.24
6FEICHTER Walter ITA34.35
7BOZZETTO Mathieu FRA34.37
8SYLVESTRE Jerome CAN35.3
9GRUENER Lukas AUT34.27
10EISELIN Urs SUI34.93
11KRASSNIG Dieter AUT34.98
12EBNER Markus GER35.06
13WALDER Harald AUT35.09
14CHIQUET Mathieu FRA35.1
15PROMMEGGER Andreas AUT35.26
16GREENWOOD Jeff USA35.33
17SCHOCH Simon SUI35.4
17STADLER Felix AUT35.4
19RIKARDSSON Richard SWE35.44
20EBENBAUER Werner AUT35.45
21SAMMER Klaus AUT35.56
22FAWCETT Mark CAN35.68
23MAIER Alexander AUT35.76
24ROLLAND Xavier FRA35.78
25SCHOCH Philipp SUI35.84
26KLUG Christopher J USA35.86
26COPP Stephen SWE35.86
28BOIVIN Francois CAN35.95
29SALVATI Simone ITA36.07
30ASPMAN Jonas SWE36.11
31NANTERMOD Guillaume SUI36.17
32COSNIER Charlie FRA36.33
33ANDERSON Jasey Jay CAN36.37
34PRICE Ian USA36.44
35THORNDIKE Peter USA36.68
36NIEDERSTATTER Kurt ITA36.71
37KNAFELJ Tomaz SLO36.8
38WARREN Eric USA36.89
39HADGKISS Ian CAN36.94
40BARONE PITSCHEIDER ITA36.98
41KOLLER Alexander AUT36.99
42STEGGALL Zeke AUS37.12
43RABANSER Georg ITA37.19
44CUSINI Gerardo ITA37.29
44KAITALA Janne FIN37.29
46SAELL Anders SWE37.43
47FRANK Sebastien FRA37.44
48KILDEVAELD Mike DAN37.61
49POGUE Anton USA37.62
50VASTAMAKI Joni FIN37.63
51FUJIMOTO Teruumi JPN38.2
52CHATZIKYRIAKAKIS M. GRE38.44
53VENDELIN Mikko FIN38.87
54MERMILLOD Olivier FRA39.13
55JOHNSON A.J. CAN39.25
56KWIATKOWSKI Mike CAN39.53
57HORNE Matt CAN40.33
58WILTON Clinton AUS40.34
59WATTS Andrew CAN41.54

Final Results Women
1POMAGALSKI Julie FRA
2SAUERBREIJ Nicolien NED
Finals
3BLANC Isabelle FRA
4POSCH Marion ITA
1/4 Finals
5GUENTHER Doris AUT39.11
6RUBY Karine FRA39.14
7TRETTEL Lidia ITA39.2
8MEISSER Milena SUI40.28
1/8 Finals
9RIEGLER Claudia AUT38.74
10RANIGLER Carmen ITA39.06
11RENOTH Heidi GER39.63
12WINDAHL Aasa SWE39.75
13RIEGLER Manuela AUT39.77
14MAIR UNTER DER EGG ITA39.82
15KALTIAINEN Anna FIN40.11
16KOSGLOW Lisa D. USA40.13
Qualifications
17CETERA Claire USA40.29
18VALDENAIRE Florine FRA40.3
19VAN ERT Sondra USA40.36
20FLETCHER Rosey USA40.52
21DESMARES Nathalie FRA40.63
22JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT40.64
23REINAUER Katja GER40.74
24IIDA Ran JPN40.85
25FISCHER Sara SWE40.89
26CLOUTIER Helene CAN40.94
27DAL BALCON Isabella ITA40.99
28HOOKOM Stacia USA41.15
29BARCLAY Melissa CAN41.18
30REY Marjorie FRA41.23
31HASEGAWA Miho JPN41.52
32HIMMLER Katharina GER41.64
33ZAVIALOV Ekaterina CAN41.97
34LIVERS Nadia SUI42.52
35SAUERBREIJ Marieke NED42.56
36BOISVERT Constance CAN42.8
37PLUMMER Sarah CAN42.87
38NEWTON Aimee CAN43.42
39FINGERLOS Ursula AUT43.73
40NEURURER Heidi AUT43.77
41LOO Alexa CAN43.88
42CHARLES Michelle CAN44.01
43BOERMA Marcella NED44.21
44TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS44.44
45HARROP Jenny CAN44.91
46HAGGLOF Aprilia SWE45.63
REIJ Nicolien NED
Finals
3BLANC Isabelle FRA
4POSCH Marion ITA
1/4 Finals
5GUENTHER Doris AUT39.11
6RUBY Karine FRA39.14
7TRETTEL Lidia ITA39.2
8MEISSER Milena SUI40.28
1/8 Finals
9RIEGLER Claudia AUT38.74
10RANIGLER Carmen ITA39.06
11RENOTH Heidi GER39.63
12WINDAHL Aasa SWE39.75
13RIEGLER Manuela AUT39.77
14MAIR UNTER DER EGG ITA39.82
15KALTIAINEN Anna FIN40.11
16KOSGLOW Lisa D. USA40.13
Qualifications
17CETERA Claire USA40.29
18VALDENAIRE Florine FRA40.3
19VAN ERT Sondra USA40.36
20FLETCHER Rosey USA40.52
21DESMARES Nathalie FRA40.63
22JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT40.64
23REINAUER Katja GER40.74
24IIDA Ran JPN40.85
25FISCHER Sara SWE40.89
26CLOUTIER Helene CAN40.94
27DAL BALCON Isabella ITA40.99
28HOOKOM Stacia USA41.15
29BARCLAY Melissa CAN41.18
30REY Marjorie FRA41.23
31HASEGAWA Miho JPN41.52
32HIMMLER Katharina GER41.64
33ZAVIALOV Ekaterina CAN41.97
34LIVERS Nadia SUI42.52
35SAUERBREIJ Marieke NED42.56
36BOISVERT Constance CAN42.8
37PLUMMER Sarah CAN42.87
38NEWTON Aimee CAN43.42
39FINGERLOS Ursula AUT43.73
40NEURURER Heidi AUT43.77
41LOO Alexa CAN43.88
42CHARLES Michelle CAN44.01
43BOERMA Marcella NED44.21
44TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS44.44
45HARROP Jenny CAN44.91
46HAGGLOF Aprilia SWE45.63