Dominique Maltais and Nick Baumgartner top qualifier
World Cup leader Dominique Maltais and X-Games Gold medalist Nick Baumgartner seem to be able to keep hold of the momentum.
While Canada’s current top female rider is aiming for a four-peat in the World Cup, Baumgartner underlined his good shape by posting another career’s best qualifier time.
Maltais dominated the women’s field by riding down the course in Stoneham in 1:09.71 minutes. She thus had a massive lead of 1.20 seconds over runner-up Lindsey Jacobellis (USA, 1:10.91), who is no one else but the reigning World Champion. Maria Ramberger (AUT, 1:11.69) placed third, Olympic Silver medalist Deborah Anthonioz (FRA, 1:12.11) fourth.
In contrary, the men’s result was a closer one. Baumgartner (USA), who needed only 1:07.23 minutes for the course peppered with 23 features, was only .22 seconds ahead of tied Canadian riders Francois Boivin and Robert Fagan (1:07.45). Markus Schairer (AUT, 1:07.55) ended up fourth thus being the fastest European rider today.
Check out the following links for both, the full qualifier results and tomorrow’s final ladder:
Result women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7081/7081RLQ0.pdf
Final ladder women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7081/7081SLRF.pdf
Final ladder men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7082/7082SLRF.pdf