Czeschin Takes Rescheduled Pipe Contest

WHISTLER, B.C. (Dec. 7) — Competing in a halfpipe contest that was pushed ahead a week because of good snow in the Canadian West and low snow in Quebec, Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA) shook off a steady snowfall Friday and nailed his second run to win his first event of the Olympic season.

Czeschin was fifth after the first run of Finals but he ripped on his second run and finished with 45.1 points to easily out-distance the field of 45 riders at Blackcomb Mountain. Magnus Sterner of Sweden was runnerup with 42.5 from his first run while Canadian Guillaume Morisset took third place (40.9).

“I kind of made it a fore-run in the first run and then kind of let it all go in the second,” Czeschin said. “I went for it in my first run but then kind of scratched here and there, so, fortunately, the second one turned out a lot better.

“I’m stoked to be first in my first contest this season.” Seth Wescott (Kingfield, ME) finished eighth at 38.5 while ’98 Olympic bronze medalist Ross Powers (South Londonderry, VT) was 12th.

Austrian Nicola Pederzolli won the women’s event by .2 over Canadian Natasza Zurek, 37.5-37.3.

Another halfpipe event is set for Saturday. Friday’s HP event originally was scheduled for Mont Ste. Anne, Que., but the low snow cover convinced organizers to shift the contest to Blackcomb.

Whistler, BC – Dec. 7
Halfpipe (10 makes Finals; Better of 2 runs scored)
1. Tommy Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 45.1
2. Magnus Sterner, Sweden, 42.5
3. Guillaume Morisset, Canada, 41.0
4. Markus Jonsson, Sweden, 40.9
5. David Melancon, Canada, 39.8

8. Seth Wescott, Kingfield, Maine, 38.5
12. Ross Powers, South Londonderry, Vt.
23. Zach Horwitz, Carbondale, Colo.
38. Colter Deupree, Camden, Maine

Women (6 made Finals)
1. Nicola Pederzolli, Austria, 37.5
2. Natasza Zurek, Canada, 37.3
3. Sabine Wehr-Hasler, Germany, 36.1
4. Lesley McKenna, Great Britain, 33.6
5. Maele Ricker, Canada, 31.0
(No U.S. women competed)