Snowboard season concludes in Arosa
The snowboarders will wrap up their 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season in Arosa. From March 24th till 27th, two snowboard cross races will be organized on the 24th and 25th as well as one halfpipe competition on the 26th and one parallel giant slalom on the 27th to finish things off. Over the course of the long World Cup weekend in the Swiss resort, which hosted the 2007 World Championships, the last battles for the coveted World Cup titles and Crystal Globes will be decided.
So far, two World Cup title winners have been crowned. Besides Clemens Schattschneider (AUT), who claimed the first ever Big Air-Slopestyle World Cup title, Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) clinched her career’s first small and big Crystal Globe for the Parallel World Cup and the Speed Overall World Cup titles.
On the contrary, the new title winners in the disciplines snowboard cross, halfpipe and parallel (men) remain to be found over the next few days. While Dominique Maltais (CAN) seems to be in the best position to bring home her career’s second Globe having collected 4,300 points so far and thus a comfortable lead over runner-up Lindsey Jacobellis (USA, 2,450), the fight for glory is a way tighter one on the men’s side.
The nine best ranked riders of the standings are all within 960 points, so everyone will get his chance to edge off current World Cup leader Jonathan Cheever (USA, 2,490) from the top spot of the table in the last two races of the season.
On the freestyle snowboarders’ side, all eyes are on two duels. While women’s World Cup leader Xuetong Cai (CHN, 3,800) has a lead of 700 points over running-up World Champion Holly Crawford (AUS) and thus only needs an eighth rank to claim her first ever World Cup title, the difference between the top two men, Nathan Johnstone (AUS, 3,060) and Ryo Aono (JPN, 2,800), is not more than 280 points.
The last decision will take place on Sunday, when Benjamin Karl (AUT) enters the parallel slope of Arosa aiming for a successful title defense. Chances are high that the 2011 Double World Champion will walk away with another Crystal Globe as he is not only in the best position with 5,500 points and thus has a comfortable lead over his pursuers Andreas Prommegger (AUT, 4,740) and Roland Fischnaller (ITA, 4,620). His main rival and team mate Prommegger will also try to start handicapped as he tore two ligaments in the left ankle and also fractured his right knee’s ACL in last weekend’s race.
World Cup standings prior to the Arosa World Cup finals:
Snowboard Cross World Cup ranking women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7171/7171WCS.pdf
Snowboard Cross World Cup ranking men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7172/7172WCS.pdf
Halfpipe World Cup ranking women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7167/7167WCS.pdf
Halfpipe World Cup ranking men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7168/7168WCS.pdf
Parallel World Cup ranking women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7173/7173WCS.pdf
Parallel World Cup ranking men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7174/7174WCS.pdf