First Snowboard World Cup in Andorra a success
The snowboard cross circuit started the New Year with a premiere. For the first time, Andorra played host to a FIS Snowboard World Cup where two races took place from 10th – 12th January 2014 in the eastern Pyrenees mountains.
Under bluebird skies, the event at Vallnord-Arcalis had the top riders who were eager to compete for one of the coveted spots for the Olympic Winter Games in the countdown to Sochi (RUS). The field included Snowboarding legend Shaun Palmer, double Olympic champion Seth Wescott (both USA), and Olympic halfpipe gold medallist Torah Bright (AUS).
The event featured the competition format that will be used during the Olympic Games with heats of six in the knock out rounds and finals and made for some thrilling action and great suspense.
World Cup leader Dominique Maltais (CAN) and newcomer Trevor Jacob (USA) claimed victory on the first competition day. On the second day, young gun Eva Samkova (CZE) and the new men’s World Cup leader Omar Visintin (ITA) took the top spots.
Athletes, teams, and officials praised the top level of organisation. FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier stated: “The Organisers have impressed with a great level of preparation and implementation. Andorra has created an outstanding event paired with great enthusiasm. The number of volunteers and dedicated workers was remarkable and has hardly been seen before.”
Athletes had similar reactions: “We would like to come here more often, a great place and great people”, U.S. boarder cross star Nick Baumgartner said, and Norway’s Helene Olafsen added ”thank you for one of the best hosted competitions I have ever been to!”