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Snowboard: Visintin and Maltais individually; Teams Austria and USA win SBX in Montafon
The season opener of the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup saw the biggest field of riders ever, with 106 athletes representing 28 countries to compete in an individual race and a team competition on 7th and 8th December.
Omar Visintin (ITA) celebrated his first World Cup win in Schruns/Montafon (AUT) on 7th December. In the men's final, the rider from South Tyrol edged out local hero Markus Schairer (AUT) and Nick Baumgartner (USA). Reigning world champion Alex Pullin (AUS) finished fourth.
On the ladies side, 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Dominique Maltais (CAN) clinched the victory and underlined her top ranking. Facing tough weather conditions throughout the competition days, the current World Cup title defender edged off Raffaella Brutto (ITA) and Belle Brockhoff (AUS) to second and third, both of whom nailed their career's first World Cup podiums. Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) came in fourth.
Austrian ladies and US-American men victorious in Team Snowboard Cross events
In the European debut of the Team Snowboard Cross event, the Austrian ladies and US men claimed the top podium spots. Maria Ramberger and Susanne Moll brought home a much celebrated home turf victory in front of the Austrian fans. After a sensational comeback by Moll in the last part of the course, the team relegated Team France 2 (Chapotot/Schmitt) and Team France 1 (Loccoz/Trespeuch) to second and third places respectively.
In an action packed final, Hagen Kearney and Nate Holland from the United States took first place, followed by team Italy (Matteoti/Visintin) and Austria (Haemmerle/Schairer) on the men’s side.
The tour continues in Telluride (USA) with a combined Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cup event, featuring snowboard cross competitions from 14th-15th December.
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