FIS: PR: Healthy Sadeghi Packs First World Cup Halfpipe Since 1995 (2-2-97)

BEAUPRE, Quebec — A healthy Sabrina Sadeghi (Aspen, Colo.), back from knee problems, showed some of the form which won her the 1995 FIS World Cup halfpipe title Sunday as she ousted Leslee Olson (Bend, Ore.) in the finals to win her first event in two years.

Sadeghi lost last season because of a training crash which tore the anterior cruciate liament in her right knee. Then she went down in November while free-riding and injured the medial collateral ligament in the same knee. She came back three weeks ago in Kreishberg, Austria, competed at the World Championships and was too much for Olson at Mount St. Anne on Sunday.

In the head-to-head format, Sadeghi defeated Olson while Jessica Zalusky (Bloomington, Minn.) made it three U.S. riders in the semifinals. She finished fourth.

Next competition for the tour is Mt. Bacehlor, Ore.

WORLD CUP HALFPIPE SUNDAY, FEB. 2 MOUNT ST. ANNE, Quebec: Grundig Snowboard World Cup

MEN (16 qualify for finals)

1. Traveor Andrew, Canada
2. Takashi Nishida, Japan
3. Mike Michaelchuk, Canada
4. Fredrik Sterner, Sweden
5. Derek Heidt, Canada
6. Pontus Stalkloo, Sweden
7. Daniel Andersson, Sweden
8. J.F. Pelchat, Canada
9. Wade Cose, Canada
10. Jonas Gunnarson, Sweden
11. Drae Glover, Canada
12. Sandy McDonald, Canada
13. Dan Smith, Evergreen, Colo.
14. Hendrik Jansson, Sweden
15. Emmanuel Krebs, Canada
16. Kazuhiro Sone, Japan

19. Dustin DelGiudice, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
20. Zach Horwitz, Aspen, Colo.
34. Jeff Greenwood, Granby, Colo.
42. Rick Bower, Park City, Utah

WOMEN (8 qualify for finals)
1. Sabrina Saedghi, Aspen, Colo.
2. Leslee Olson, Bend, Ore.
3. Maelle Ricker, Canada
4. Jessica Zalusky, Bloomington, Minn.
5. Tara Teigen, Canada
6. Anna Hellman, Sweden
7. Roberta Rodgers, Canada
8. Kyla Duffy, Absecon, N.J.

17. Annemarie Uliasz, Huntington Beach, Calif.
18. Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore.
21. Griselda Gonzalez, Santa Barbara, Calif.