Ricker & Baumgartner Win Grand Prix SBX At Tamarack

Snow continued to pound Tamarack, Idaho during Sunday’s Grand Prix SBX--also the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Championships. On a soft, semi-technical (and sometimes slow) course, Canada’s Maelle Ricker and Nick Baumgartner beat the field in the women’s and men’s events, respectively. Following Maelle were Alaskan Callan Chythlook-Sifsof and Christelle Doyon of Canada. Austria’s Markus Schairer and Alex Deibold of Vermont rounded out the men’s podium behind Baumgartner.

Straight off her win at Mount Baker’s Legendary Banked Slalom, Maelle Ricker continues to prove that she is one of the fastest women on snow. Lindsey Jacobellis, who is usually battling it out for an SBX podium spot, chose not to compete after bruising her knee and breaking her helmet in a fall during Saturday’s pipe event (she finished second). Missing from the men’s event were Nate Holland, who broke a binding disc in an early heat (tearing his binding from his board), and Seth Wescott, who broke his arm during a World Cup in Japan last week.

The final event (and the only SBX) of the Grand Prix series also served as the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Championships. Taking home those titles and the green National Champion blazers were the top U.S. finishers, Chythlook-Sifsof and Baumgartner.

Snowboardcross riders are off to Lake Placid, New York for the State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup on March 10 and 11. The World Cup season will wrap up in Quebec on March 17.

Tamarack, Idaho – Feb. 25, 2007

SBX Finals (top 16 make finals)

1. Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI
2. Markus Schairer, Austria
3. Alex Deibold, Manchester Center, VT
4. Tom Velisek, Canada
5. Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, ID
6. Jason Smith, Basalt, CO
7. Francois Boivin, Canada
8. Mark Schulz, Lake Oswego, OR
9. Drew Neilson, Canada
10. Don Schwartz, Canada
11. Jonathan Cheever, Saugus, MA
12. Bobby Minghini, South Lake Tahoe, CA
13. Robert Fagan, no hometown listed
14. Jake Holden, no hometown listed
15. Cody Brown, Morrison, CO
16. Pat Holland, Sandpoint, ID

1. Maelle Ricker, Canada
2. Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Girdwood, AK
3. Christelle Doyon, Canada
4. Stephanie Hickey, Australia
5. Jordan Karlinski, Aspen, CO
6. Michelle Brodeur, Canada
7. Kim Krahulec, Silverthorne, CO
8. Lindsey Telling, Avon, CO
9. Natasha McCormick, no hometown listed
10. Sarah Hunter, Canada
11. Heather Doolittle, Belgrade, ME
12. Lynn Ott, Bend OR
13. Ziggy Cowan, Canada
14. Lynn Neil, Layton, UT
15. Brooke Shaw, Stratton Mountain, VT
16. Amanda Ford, Incline Village, NV