Hi Sports fan!!! From Dec 14 till 17, it's time for a long snowboard weekend in the US-American winter sport resort of Telluride, CO, where a total of three events of the running 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season are scheduled. After the season's first parallel giant slalom on Dec 15, the world's best snowboard cross riders are entering their race for the World Cup Globe on Dec 16 (qualifiers on Dec 14). The sole stop of the international competition series in the US concludes with the sole sbx team event of this winter, which will also take place on the long course (Dec 17) built by Jeff Ihaksi.
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And it's the single snowboard cross event, with its heats of six in the finals, US Snowboarding pins all hopes on in order to bring home the first ever home turf win in Telluride. The strong squad is lead by 2006 and 2010 Olympic Gold medalist Seth Wescott as well as boarder cross veteran Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner and Jonathan Cheever. On the women's side, the US team has another iron in the fire: reigning World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis.
In the so far two World Cup SBX events hosted by the resort situated on more than 3,000 meters of altitude, French and Canadian riders had been way out in the front. Beside Maelle Ricker (CAN, 2009) and her team mate Dominique Maltais (CAN, 2010), it was Pierre Vaultier (FRA), who thwarted the home country squad's plans by winning in 2009 and 2010.
Especially the Frenchman's last year's triumph still sits heavily on the proud boarder cross nation's stomach as the 24-years-old edged off Seth Wescott to second on the very last three meters of the men's final.
Reason enough for Nate Holland to rattle his sabres. “An American has never won a World Cup in Telluride. It would be rad to be the first. But many of my team mates are riding pretty well right now, so a US Sweep is what I'm looking for,” said the fourth ranked rider of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, who did bring home his career's second WCS Bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships in La Molina.
Even though the competition will be strong for the US team to achieve the goal of a home turf win in the snowboard cross, it might be even harder in the parallel giant slalom the day before as the Europeans seem to be too strong. Austrians and riders from South Tyrol have been dominating the last races, although no one of their teams had been able to win in Telluride so far. In 2009, Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson and Matthew Morison won as well as Rok Flander (SLO) in 2010.
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On the women's side, Alena Zavarzina (RUS) won in 2009. So did Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli (SUI). The current Parallel World Cup from Switzerland leader seems to like the slope in Telluride as she also won in 2010
Date: 15 December-17 December 2011
Time: USA – (all local times)
Dec 15th, 2011:Parallel Giant Slalom Qualifiers at 9 AM,Finals at 1 PM
Dec 16th, 2011:Snowboard Cross Finals at 12 PM
Dec 17th, 2011:Team Snowboard Cross Finals at 12 PM
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