Season's fourth snowboard cross in Canada
On FEB 7 and 8, Blue Mountain, Canada, is about to host the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season's fourth snowboard cross race. Only a few days after the ski cross racers were visiting the biggest winter sport resort in Ontario situated in the Georgian Bay some 150 km north of Toronto, it's time for the boarder cross aces to ride down the 1,200 meters long course designed and build by Jeff Ihaksi (CAN).
The World Cup host debut of Blue Mountain, which will be the first stop of the international contest series in Ontario and also the eighth World Cup venue in Canada after Calgary, AB, Sun Peaks, BC, Whistler, BC, Mt. St. Anne, QC, Stoneham/Quebec, QC, Le Relais, QC and Cypress, BC, have been part so far, will feature the crème de la crème of boarder cross.
Besides X-Games champions Nate Holland (USA) and Dominique Maltais (CAN) almost every one of the world best will battle for victory except of women's World Cup leader Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) and 2006 and 2010 Olympic Champion Seth Wescott (USA).
While Wescott tore his pectoral muscle in a crash with Markus Schairer (AUT) at the first snowboard cross race at Veysonnaz, Switzerland, a few weeks ago, and thus had to accept a longer race break, Jacobellis had to quit her season due to a torn ACL (left knee) after overshooting the last kicker of the X-Games course in a training run.
Especially the season's end of the reigning World Champion mixes up the women's World Cup ranking as the 26-years-old from Stratton, Vermont, was the unbeaten rider in the three World Cup races held so far (3,000 points).
According to this, the race for the title and thus the Crystal Globe seems to be a duel between Maltais (2,200) and Alexandra Jekova (BUL, 1,800).
On the men's side, the battle is also tight as Holland (1,940) hasn't got a big lead. Pierre Vaultier (FRA, 1,632), Andrey Boldykov (RUS, 1,420) and Markus Schairer (AUT, 1,269) are all within reach.
Time schedule SBX, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada – all local times:
Tuesday, FEB 7th, 2012:
Qualifiers Women/Men at 11:15 AM
Wednesday, FEB 8th, 2012:
Finals Women/Men at 2 PM