Season's third Halfpipe World Cup in Ruka
Almost ten years after the last Snowboard World Cup took place in Finland (March 2002), the North European country is back on the World Cup map. On Dec 16 and 17, the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season's third halfpipe competition will take place in Ruka – parallel to the events held in Telluride, CO. Qualifiers are scheduled for Friday while Saturday will bring the semi finals as well as the night finals at 4 PM local time.
The winter sport resort in Finland's North will host a World Cup for the third time after 2011 and 2002 and is thus still the only venue to ever have organized an event of the international contest series on Finnish soil.
However, although there have been several comps so far, there hasn't been a home turf win for a Finnish rider yet. Nevertheless, in 2002, three halfpipe rippers managed to place on the podium. Heidi Kurkinen and Antti Autti finished as runner-ups while Miikka Hast claimed his spot on the podium as third. Find out Saturday, if the first ever home win will come true.
Time schedule HP, Ruka, Finland – all local times:
Friday, Dec 16th, 2011:
Halfpipe Qualifiers at 11:40 AM
Saturday, Dec 17th, 2011:
Halfpipe Semi Finals at 12 PM
Finals at 4 PM