LG Snowboard FIS World Cup kicks off in Cardrona halfpipe

19 August 2011 12:02

After last season didn't bring any World Cup level event for the Southern Hemisphere, the freestyle elite is back to business down under kicking off the new LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season. On August 27th and 28th, Cardrona Alpine Resort will host the first World Cup competition of the 2012 winter. According to this, one of the best winter sport venues in New Zealand leaves another mark on the World Cup map with the qualifiers supposed to start Saturday, 27th, at 9:10 AM while the finals are scheduled for Sunday, 28th, 1 PM.

After 2007, 2008 and 2009, it's the fourth time that the halfpipe riders come together in Cardrona. However, the first World Cup of the season will also wrap up another highlight – the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games from August 12th till 28th, 2011, the ultimate testing ground where elite athletes can experiment and explore performance limits against world-class competition.

With entries still coming in, 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games today announced one of the strongest snowboarding halfpipe field seen in New Zealand. The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Halfpipe will read like a who’s who of snowboarding as some of the world’s top riders are ready to go.

Leading the men's and women's field are Australia's 2011 World Champions Holly Crawford and Nathan Johnstone.

Both have to face some big competition as on the men's side a strong Swiss rooster consisting of the fourth ranked rider of the 2010 Olympics Iouri Podladtchikov and his fellow countrymen Patrick Burgener and Christian Haller will drop in.

The men's line-up also features the likes of Ryo Aono (JPN), who just most recently won the New Zealand Open, Kazuumi Fuujita (JPN), Finland's Annti Autti and Janne Korpi as well as Norway's Staale Sandbech and Tore Holvik, James Hamilton (NZE), Manuel Pietropoli (ITA) and Matt Kulisek (CAN).

The women's field is equally impressive with last season's dominating girl from China, World Cup winner Xuetong Cai who will compete against Haruna Matsumoto (JPN) and Linn Haug (NOR). In addition, Hannah Teter (USA), who took Gold at the 2006 Olympics and Silver four years later, will also provide some high level halfpipe riding being the top favorite for victory.

But there is not only action in the pipe but also off-piste as the World Cup offers a lot more by being part of the Winter Games. The 16-day long Games also include a full off-snow festival as well as bringing the mountain downtown in a series of big air and rail jam extravaganzas plus an additional price giving ceremony downtown of Wanaka.

Further Information about the current entries can be found on: http://wintergamesnz.com.

Time schedule Halfpipe World Cup Cardrona – all local times:
Saturday, August 27th, 2011:  Qualifiers    Men and women    at 9:10 AM
Sunday, August 28th, 2011:    Semi finals    Men and women     at 10 AM
                                             Finals    Men and women        at 1 PM