Maltais and Jacob clinch snowboard cross at Vallnord-Arcalís
Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Trevor Jacob (USA) triumphed in the first of two snowboard cross races at the debut of Vallnord-Arcalís as FIS Snowboard World Cup host.
The most dominating female rider of the past years and yesterday's best qualifier impressively won the ladies' finals of the season's third SBX event ahead of Alexandra Jekova (BUL) and Lindsey Jacobellis (USA).
“I knew that the one who was going to win the start would have a perfect run all the way through from the quarter finals to the big finals and I went for it.
As for every athlete, Sochi is a major goal, however, for me I am always focusing to improve myself in different kind of ways. Today, I wanted to be very aggressive all the way down from the start. In the end, that’s what I did and I am really happy to have reached that objective,” Maltais, who won all of her heats in a striking way.
While the current World Cup leader thus secured her career's twelfth in Andorra, Jacob celebrated his so far greatest success winning his first ever World Cup event edging off the best man of yesterday's time trials Stian Sivertzen (NOR) and Omar Visintin (ITA) to second and third respectively.
“I am feeling great. Actually, I don’t know what’s been happening! I have been trying to be focused all week, was trying to have fun and to keep it fun. And it worked out in the end, I got first. I am so excited.
I love this country and it’s great to race here. The slope was absolutely perfect. Great preparations and great race organisation!”
Until today, the best World Cup result of the 20-year-old reigning US Champion had been a seventh rank earned in Arosa last year.
Moioli worried about Olympics
Italian young gun Michela Moioli, who crashed in the semi finals, is in fear for her Olympic debut. The 18-year-old winner of the Sochi World Cup test event had lost conscious after falling hard but regained it in the helicopter transport to the hospital.
However, Moioli then got the diagnose of an dislocated collarbone which cast doubts on a start in Sochi next month.
The FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour continues in the Pyrenees tomorrow with the second race at Vallnord-Arcalís. The season's fourth snowboard cross event will be the last one prior to the Olympic Winter Games at Sochi. Qualifiers will kick off at 10:30 AM CET with the finals scheduled for 2 PM CET.