Halfpipe and Slopestyle in Bardonecchia
The focus of the antepenultimate stop of the world wide LG Snowboard FIS World Cup tour in Bardonecchia, Italy, is on freestyle snowboarding. Besides the fifth and thus second last halfpipe competition (qualifiers March 10th, finals March 11th) also the season’s second and thereby last slopestyle contest are on the program. After the qualification which will be held on March 12th and the finals on Sunday (March 13th), this winter’s first World Cup title winner will be crowned thus wrapping up the long World Cup weekend at the slopes in Melezet, the 2006 Olympic venue for the snowboard competitions.
Clemens Schattschneider is the rider with the best chances to bring home the coveted Crystal Globe, in this case the first ever awarded in the Big Air-Slopestyle World Cup. After the 19-years-old Austrian had claimed his career’s first World Cup win in Calgary, Canada, Schattschneider currently sits on top of the table with 2,360 points.
As neither his main rival in the race for the globe, Sebastien Toutant (CAN, 2,220), won’t start in Italy nor does third ranked Dutch snowboarder Rocco van Straten (1,845), the only one being able to take over the reins is Schattschneider’s fellow countryman Stefan Falkeis, who has cumulated 1,640 points over the course of the running season.
World Champions could reduce the arrears
In the race for the women’s Halfpipe World Cup, whose last event is hosted a few days earlier, Chinese Xuetong Cai might be in a comfortable lead with so far collected 3,800 points. But Holly Crawford (AUS), who is currently ranked second with 2,100 points, has good chances to make up ground.
As the 17-years-old World Cup leader won’t start in Italy, the reigning World Champion from down under could close the gap down to 700 points. Therefore 27-years-old Crawford has to clinch her season’s first World Cup win. It would be her career’s fourth.
Her fellow countryman Nathan Johnstone is facing a similar task. The 21-years-old is battling with Ryo Aono in a private duel for the title. At the moment, the Japanese is in better position with 2,800 points. But as the two-time World Cup title winner (2007, 2009) won’t take part in the Bardonecchia halfpipe contest, the 2011 World Champion from Australia (2,060) could take over the lead in the race for the globe again by winning or placing second in Friday’s halfpipe finals.
World Cup standings prior to the Bardonecchia events:
Big Air-Slopestyle World Cup ranking men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7091/7091WCS.pdf
Halfpipe World Cup ranking women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7088/7088WCS.pdf
Halfpipe World Cup ranking men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7090/7090WCS.pdf
Time schedule Snowboard World Cup Bardonecchia, all local times:
Thursday, March 10th:
Halfpipe, Qualifiers women, 9:40 AM, Qualifiers men, 11:40 AM
Friday, March 11th:
Halfpipe, Semi finals women/men, 11:30 AM, Finals women/men, 1:45 PM
Saturday, March 12th:
Slopestyle, Qualifiers women, 9:40 AM, Qualifiers men, 11:40 AM
Sunday, March 13th:
Slopestyle, Semi finals women/men, 10 AM, Finals women/men, 12 PM