Halfpipe World Cup title decision in Stoneham | Last slopestyle of the Olympic qualifier period | Season's sole big air in Quebec City
The up-coming weekend of the FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup will have everything a snowboard fan could ask for. From January 16 thru 19, Stoneham and Quebec City, Canada, will host the 9th Snowboard Jamboree presented by Mazda featuring medal decisions in all three snowboard freestyle events within just four days.
The main focus will be on the halfpipe and slopestyle comps in Stoneham. Both contests are the last ones prior to the Olympic Winter Games also offering the last chance for athletes striving to qualify for Sochi 2014 to bring home some decent results. In addition, the best halfpipe athlete of the 2014 World Cup season will be crowned after this winter's fourth contest.
Right now, Kelly Clark (USA, 2,000) lead's the ladies' Halfpipe World Cup ranking while Gregory Bretz (USA, 1,250) and Taku Hiraoka (JPN, 1,250) are sitting on a shared first rank on the men's side.
However, both US-riders won't compete in Canada as they are locking horns with their team mates back home to find out who will make the Olympic team of four ladies and men. Check the current Halfpipe World Cup Standings here.
Local Organisers, who had been responsible for the successful 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships, will also host the sole big air of the season in Quebec City once again. As in the previous years, thousands of spectators are expected to watch the action in the Parc de l'Îlot Fleurie.
But it's not only the fans who do love the Snowboard Jamboree with it's sportive highlights as well as great side events. Also the riders are sold on it. More than 200 athletes coming from more than 30 countries have applied to start.
“Québec City and Stoneham will be our last Snowboard Freestyle World Cup before the Olympics, and a lot of athletes will be there, especially in slopestyle,” commented Roberto Moresi, FIS Assistant Snowboard Race Director.
“We’re sure teams will be showing a lot of interest in this last stop prior to Sochi.”