Mont-Sainte-Anne/Quebec (Canada). The season’s third Parallel Slalom of the 2001/2002 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup marked the last race in the year 2001 today at Mont-Sainte-Anne before everyone is leaving home for Christmas. Mathieu Bozzetto and Karine Ruby made it a French double.

Apart from the cold which was hard to stand for the riders when the sun had disappeared from the Belanger slope in the afternoon, the conditions have been perfect again for today’s race. Mathieu Bozzetto from France had already set the pace with a first place finish in the qualification. In the finals he knocked out Austria’s Andreas Prommegger, won over his fellow countryman Mathieu Chiquet and won over Dejan Kosir from Slovenia in the semi finals who had knocked him out in the quarter finals yesterday. In the ultimate heat Bozzetto met Germany’s Mathias Behounek and opened up the gap by 1.48 seconds in the first run. Behounek tried to catch up in the second run and was the first to cross the finish line but Bozzetto stayed close and finally claimed the win with a total of 1.43 seconds. “When I got here this morning I really wanted to pull it together,” he said. “I haven’t done well yesterday, especially against Dejan, I kind of let the win disappear even without giving it a try. I was very disappointed last night since I knew I could have done better… that’s why I already pushed hard in the qualification and forced myself to use the right technic on this course which was super hard to ride. When I got this fixed I just needed to repeat it in every run ¿ it was like doing ‘copy’ and ‘paste’. I really wanted to push my limit instead of resigning if something was not working as planned. Even when I was behind, I still attacked and then worked it out. I liked the red course better and always tried to show my opponents that I was able to go fast.”

Behounek pulled second and was relieved: “I have been waiting for this for so long,” he said. “I’m still having some problems to sort things out but I just got to force myself to put in good riding today. The course was incredibly icy but this makes it equal conditions for everyone ¿ it stayed in good shape all the way through and even in the last run it was great. It was much more fair than the soft ones we had so far this season. My goal today was the win but I’m glad I went in second also.”

Kosir faced Swiss rider Philipp Schoch in the small final for third place and was ahead by 49 hundrets after the first run. Schoch tried hard to make it up and won the second run but he could not catch up with Kosir who claimed the bronze with a total gap of 34 hundrets. “I’m very happy with my results here,” he said, “I was just a bit disappointed in the race against Bozzetto since I almost got to catch him but then made a mistake. I’ll go home for Christmas now to charge the batteries and keep on early next year.” Schoch went fourth place.

Bozzetto is further leading the Parallel Slalom standings ahead of Sweden’s Daniel Biveson, fifth place today, and Kosir.

France’s Karine Ruby, second after the qualification, had always won both run about her rivals in the final, just until she met Germany’s Heidi Renoth for the final duel. In the first run they finished ex-equo so it was completely up to the second run to decide over gold and silver. Renoth then made a small mistake in the upper part of the course but pushed hard to make it up again and got close. A crash just a few gates before the finish made her lose it to Ruby. “Another win in Slalom but better this than nothing at all,” the latter said, reminding her sixth place in yesterday’s PGS. “I don’t like the snow if it’s hard like here, a little bit softer is much better for me. Also the cold did hurt a lot, I’m glad it’s done.”

Renoth claimed second place and liked it a lot: “It’s just great that both Metti and I got second today ¿ I was just informed about this when I got down to the finish. This is a consolation for yesterday wwhen we all didn’t do as good as we had planned. I like the Slalom much better and I feel more confident there. I still need to become more stable in PGS. I always put too much pressure on myself although I am already qualified for the Olympics. I hope I will pick that up for the races in January again.”

Heidi Krings and Carmen Ranigler from Italy met in the small final for third place and the Austrian took the bronze by winning both runs. “It’s a shame that six Austrian girls had made it to the finals and I was the only one to make the podium but I’m very happy with third place. It was great we didn’t have a soft slope again like in previous races so I was able to make it up even with bib number 29. I was good in training all the time but then didn’t do good in the races so I thought it would be time to do that before the end of the year…”Ruby is further leading the Parallel Slalom World Cup ahead of Renoth and Ranigler.

The riders head home from Christmas now. The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup will be continued from 08 thru 09 January in Arosa, Switzerland, featuring Parallel Giant Slalom and Halfpipe.

Mt Ste Anne, PSL Dec. 15th, 2001
Men Final Results
Rank Surname Firstname Nat
1 BOZZETTO Mathieu FRA
2 BEHOUNEK Mathias GER
3 KOSIR Dejan SLO
4 SCHOCH Philipp SUI
5 BIVESON Daniel SWE
6 CHIQUET Mathieu FRA
7 RIKARDSSON Richard SWE
8 FISCHNALLER Roland ITA
9 EBNER Markus GER
10 EISELIN Urs SUI
11 HUET Nicolas FRA
12 EBENBAUER Werner AUT
13 BARONE PITSCHEIDER Ascan ITA
14 FEICHTER Walter ITA
15 ROLLAND Xavier FRA
16 PROMMEGGER Andreas AUT
17 STADLER Felix AUT
18 COSNIER Charlie FRA
19 MAIER Alexander AUT
20 STEGGALL Zeke AUS
21 KRASSNIG Dieter AUT
22 JAQUET Gilles SUI
23 POGUE Anton USA
24 SACHOT Guillaume FRA
25 ANDERSON Jasey Jay CAN
26 CUSINI Gerardo ITA
27 NANTERMOD Guillaume SUI
27 RABANSER Georg ITA
29 KNAFELJ Tomaz SLO
30 SYLVESTRE Jerome CAN
31 SAMMER Klaus AUT
32 VASTAMAKI Joni FIN
33 THORNDIKE Peter USA
34 KAITALA Janne FIN
35 BOIVIN Francois CAN
36 SALVATI Simone ITA
37 PRICE Ian USA
38 FUJIMOTO Teruumi JPN
39 WARREN Eric USA
40 VENDELIN Mikko FIN
41 MERMILLOD Olivier FRA
42 KILDEVAELD Mike DAN
43 KLUG Christopher J USA
44 BOURGAULT Thomas FRA
45 FAWCETT Mark CAN
46 JOHNSON A.J. CAN
47 CHALMERS Darren CAN
48 WILTON Clinton AUS
49 KWIATKOWSKI Mike CAN
50 WATTS Andrew CAN
51 WEDDING Ryan CAN
52 BELL Colin CAN

Women Final Results
1 RUBY Karine FRA
2 RENOTH Heidi GER
3 KRINGS Heidi AUT
4 RANIGLER Carmen ITA
5 SAUERBREIJ Nicolien NED
6 RIEGLER Claudia AUT
7 RIEGLER Manuela AUT
8 BLANC Isabelle FRA
9 GUENTHER Doris AUT
10 ZEDLACHER Isabel AUT
11 POMAGALSKI Julie FRA
12 VALDENAIRE Florine FRA
13 REINAUER Katja GER
14 TRETTEL Lidia ITA
15 KIRCHGASSER-PICHLE Maria AUT
16 WINDAHL Aasa SWE
17 NEURURER Heidi AUT
18 MAIR UNTER DER EGG Dagmar ITA
19 FARMAND Sandra GER
20 FLETCHER Rosey USA
21 FISCHER Sara SWE
22 VAN ERT Sondra USA
23 LIVERS Nadia SUI
24 REY Marjorie FRA
25 TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS
26 FINGERLOS Ursula AUT
27 KOSGLOW Lisa D. USA
28 MEISSER Milena SUI
29 HOOKOM Stacia USA
30 DESMARES Nathalie FRA
31 SAUERBREIJ Marieke NED
32 ODYNSKI Elisabeth USA
33 HASEGAWA Miho JPN
34 BOISVERT Constance CAN
35 CETERA Claire USA
36 BOERMA Marcella NED
37 CLOUTIER Helene CAN
38 HARROP Jenny CAN
39 HAGGLOF Aprilia SWE
40 NEWTON Aimee CAN
41 PLUMMER Sarah CAN
42 ZAVIALOV Ekaterina CAN