Pesko and Lunn with victory in first Halfpipe contest at Leysin

Manuela Laura Pesko (SUI) and Halvor Lunn (NOR) have won the first Halfpipe competition at Leysin in the context of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006. Today, Pesko celebrated her season’s second victory in a row after she grabbed Gold at Kreischberg before. Juliane Bray (NZE) came in second and thus secured her best result in the Halfpipe World Cup. SophieRodriguez (FRA) rounded out the podium as third. On the men’s side, Halvor Lunn gained his career’s first ever World Cup triumph. In the final, the Norwegian relegated Therry Brunner (SUI) and Jan Michaelis (GER) to the following spots.

“It was a great day for me, said Manuela Laura Pesko after her success, which enlarged her lead in the Halfpipe World Cup. “It’s always a good thing to win in your home country. In addition, it was good for me because I get better every run and looking for the Olympics even more secure. Juliane Bray stated after her first Halfpipe podium: “I had so much fun riding today. The soft pipe really suited my style. It also seems that the hard training finally pays off. I’m riding good at the moment what gives me hope for Turin.

Halvor Lunn explained after the final: “It’s so great. I really liked the pipe. I had fun and wanted to go for it as well as stick all of my tricks. That worked out pretty good.

Therry Brunner (40.8) missed the Gold medal by 0.9 points but was all smiles after the contest: “Finally I showed again what I’m able to do in the Halfpipe. Today, everything was perfect. Now, I’m the only Swiss rider with a podium result so I hope that I will go to the Olympics although the final decision is on next Monday.

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Season’s second Parallel Slalom / World Cup debut of Nendaz

Welcome on tour Nendaz: Only two days later then the two Halfpipe contests at Leysin, also Nendaz celebrates its first hosting of a competition in the context of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006. On January 22nd, the season’s second Parallel Slalom takes place in Switzerland. For the athletes the last chance to test their form prior the Olympics under contest conditions and on highest level. No wonder that almost all race boarders who were dominating the last winters and this season have applied to start. With Daniela Meuli (SUI), who already won three Parallel Giant Slaloms this seasons and Heidi Neururer and Doresia Krings (both AUT) all medal winners of the 2005 World Championships in this discipline will race down the course. They will have to face Julie Pomagalski and Isabelle Blanc. Both French riders were celebrating a double victory for their home country in the only Parallel Slalom so far at Landgraaf. On the men’s side, Silver and Bronze medallists from Whistler Nicolas Huet (FRA) and Siegfried Grabner (AUT) will start. Grabner also won the Indoor event of Landgraaf three months ago. There, the podium was rounded out by Simon Schoch (SUI) and Adam Smith (USA). Besides Mathieu Bozzetto (FRA) more Swiss riders are among the title aspirants. Current Olympic Champion Philipp Schoch will try to rank ahead of his team mates Heinz Inniger, Marc Iselin, Gilles Jaquet and Urs Eiselin.

Time schedule:

Sunday, January 22nd: Parallel Slalom Qualification at 09:00Parallel Slalom Finals at 13:00. All local times

Current changes and updates can be gathered from the FIS homepage:

www.fis-ski.com