About 250 snowboarders from 36 countries to start at World Championships
With only three days left to the first ever combined FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships (Jan 15th to 25th), the field of participating riders has fallen into place.
Some 250 athletes representing 36 countries will battle for the title in a total of twelve snowboard medal events, the most ever in history after Big Air Ladies had been added to the programme recently.
The field is led by eight of eleven reigning World Champions featuring the likes of Maelle Ricker (CAN, SBX), Alex Pullin (AUS, SBX), Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI, HP), Roope Tonteri (FIN, SBS, BA), Isabella Laböck (GER, PGS), Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS, PSL), Benjamin Karl (AUT, PGS) and Rok Marguc (SLO, PSL).
In addition, the winners of the last World Cup events staged at Kreischberg are also part of the show.
Sarka Pancochova (CZE) triumphed in the Halfpipe event 2010 and also in the slopestyle contest of 2014. Mans Hedberg (SWE) nailed it last year in the slopestyle competition while 2010 PGS Olympic Champions Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED) and Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) had clinched the last parallel race at Kreischberg back in 2010.
However, as the PSL and PGS will be staged in Lachtal, Ina Meschik (AUT), Julia Dujmovits (AUT), Lukas Mathies (AUT) and Roland Fischnaller (ITA) have also some good memories on the WCS debut.
All four triumphed in one PSL race last Europa Cup season.
Event Schedule Snowboarding
January 16 – Men and women’s Snowboard Cross finals
January 17 – Men and women’s Halfpipe finals
January 21 – Men and women’s Slopestyle finals
January 22 – Men and women’s Parallel Slalom finals
January 23 – Men and women’s Parallel Giant Slalom finals
January 24 – Men and women’s Big Air finals
Complete snowboarding schedule information, click here.