The final races of the IV FIS Snowboard World Cup Stage in Snowboard Cross took place today in Krasnoyarsk. Two sets of medals were awarded in the individual races among men and women at Sopka Cluster. The awarding ceremony was held for the athletes right after the competitions.
Four athletes passed the course at the same time in each final race. A number of 32 athletes took part in the men’s race.
Martin Nörl (Germany) won the Big Final: “First place is an excellent result. First of all, I needed speed to win: at first I was slower than my rivals, so I had to do some maneuvers to accelerate. The course here is very good, the best of those where I had to ride this season. It has many steep and high-speed turns, you can move along different lines and make different passes. The organization is perfect as always in Russia.”
Merlin Surget (France) became the silver medalist, bronze. Julian Lueftner (Austria) won the bronze medal and Paul Berg (Germany) took the final 4th place.
The first place in the Small Final was taken by the leader of yesterday’s qualification Eliot Grondin (Canada) – he took the final 5th place. Glenn de Blois (Netherlands) took the 6th place, Adam Dixon (Australia) took the 7th, and Alvaro Romero (Spain) is the 8th.
Russian snowboarders Nikolay Olyunin, Daniil Donskikh, Daniil Dilman and Andrey Anisimov finished their races in the 1/8 finals. In the final ranking, the Russians took the following places: Nikolay Olyunin is 18th, Andrey Anisimov is 23rd, Daniil Dilman is 28th, Daniil Donskikh is 29th.
A number of 16 girls participated. Charlotte Bankes (Great Britain) won in the Big Final: this victory was the second of the season for her. Chloe Trespeuch (France) took the silver medal, Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) took bronze, and Belle Brockhoff (Australia) came 4th.
Michela Moioli (Italy) won the Small Final: as a result, the athlete took 5th place followed by Canadian riders Audrey McManiman and Tess Critchlow. Stacy Gaskill (USA) is in 8th place.
Russian snowboarder Ekaterina Lokteva-Zagorskaya took 10th place in the final ranking, and Maria Vasiltsova becane 11th, Christina Paul is 16th.
Two sets of medals in individual races among men and women will be awarded tomorrow, on January 9, at Sopka Cluster.
The FIS Snowboard World Cup in Snowboard Cross is held in Krasnoyarsk for the first time and will become qualifiers for the Olympic Games 2022. In total, about 110 athletes from 16 countries took part in the international starts.
The operator of the competitions is Yenisey Siberia Development Corporation. Detailed information about the event can be found on the ensib.ru website.