Most extensive World Cup in the recent history to take place in Stoneham and Quebec
From FEB 20 thru 26, Canadian winter sport resort Stoneham as well as provincial capital Quebec will host the mot extensive LG Snowboard FIS World Cup stop of the last ten years. A fully packed World Cup week will feature competitions in all five World Cup disciplines; only once before in the the World Cup history, five events were organized at one sole stop.
Back in March 2001, Ruka, Finland, was the venue for a giant slalom, a parallel slalom, a parallel giant slalom, a snowboard cross race as well as for a halfpipe contest. More than a decade later, some 150 riders coming from more than 30 countries will battle in a snowboard cross, a parallel giant slalom, a halfpipe contest, a big air and a slopestyle comp for a total price money of 225,000 Swiss.
“The schedule is definitely challenging but also a perfect test for the 2013 World Championships taking place at the same venues. Of course, our goal is the best possible level of all events. But I don't think we have to worry about the level as the organizers (Gestev, Snowboard Canada and the City of Quebec) have years of experience and made the stop in Stoneham and Quebec – due to several side events – a very special and unique one on tour,” said FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier.
The 42-years-old German also added that “the stop is also the perfect venue to crown the first World Cup title winners of 2012.”
As the event week progresses, it's pretty likely that the first title winners of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will be crowned in freestyle snowboarding as matters stand right now there won't be any additional halfpipe, big air and slopestyle comps after Stoneham and Quebec.
However, there are still chances that at least one of this season's cancelled events (halfpipe, slopestyle) might be re-scheduled within the next weeks.
If no alternative date can be found, this winter's second stop in Canada will bring decisions in the Freestyle Overall as well as in the Halfpipe and Big Air World Cup.
Janne Korpi (FIN) is the strongest candidate for at least two out of those three titles. The 26-years-old from Nummela is the current Halfpipe World Cup leader (1,600 points) and also sits in first position of the Freestyle Overall Ranking (2,620).
In addition, the two-time Olympian is only 140 points (1,020) behind of current Big Air World Cup leader Niklas Mattsson (SWE, 1,160).
On the women's side, the five best riders of the Halfpipe and Freestyle Overall World Cup are only within the mere of 290 points. In both standings, Lucile Lefevre (FRA) is leading the pack with 1,290 points followed by Ursina Haller (SUI, 1,200), Queralt Castellet (ESP, 1,180), Emma Bernard (FRA, 1,120) and Xuetong Cai (CHN, 1,000).
Time schedule Stoneham and Quebec, Quebec, Canada – all local times:
Monday, FEB 20th:
Qualifiers Snowboard Cross Stoneham at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, FEB 21st:
Finals Snowboard Cross Stoneham at 1PM
Wednesday, FEB 22nd:
Qualifiers Parallel Giant Slalom Stoneham at 9 AM
Qualifiers Halfpipe Stoneham at 9:50 AM
Finals Parallel Giant Slalom Stoneham at 1 PM
Thursday, FEB 23rd:
Semi Finals Halfpipe Stoneham at 11 AM
Finals Halfpipe Stoneham at 1 PM
Friday, FEB 24th:
Qualifiers Big Air Quebec at 7:20 PM
Saturday, FEB 25th:
Qualifiers Slopestyle Stoneham at 10:40 AM
Finals Big Air Quebec at 7 PM
Sunday; FEB 26th:
Semi Finals Slopestyle Stoneham at 11 AM
Finals Slopestyle Stoneham at 1 PM