Shiffrin flies home for evaluation

World Cup women’s slalom leader Mikaela Shiffrin was forced to skip today’s GS in Are, Sweden, after suffering an injury to her right knee sustained in a crash while freeskiing on the race slope during warmup. Now the U.S. Ski Team tech ace who recently expanded her competitive repertoire into speed at the Lake Louise super G will head home to the U.S. for further evaluation of what doctors initially believe is an MCL injury and bone bruise.

“I am flying home tomorrow for a complete evaluation,” Shiffrin posted to her Facebook page. “I have at least (an) MCL injury and bone bruising, hopefully no additional injury. Full diagnosis and recovery predictions after (I) see a doctor at home.”

The limited early diagnosis makes Shiffrin a scratch in Sunday’s slalom at Are and pulls her out of the Val d’Isere combined that she was hoping to contest on Dec. 18 in France. It also makes a return in time for the post-Christmas technical races in Lienz, Austria, on Dec. 28-29 highly questionable. The injury, in its reported extent at this point, should likely hold her out of competition for weeks but not months barring any complicating details.

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Loccoz and Haemmerle win Montafon in photo finishes

The season’s first FIS World Cup snowboard cross race in Montafon (AUT) lived up to expectations delivering great passes, tight manoeuvers and plenty of exciting photo finish decisions. 

Two photo finshes took place in the ladies’ and men’s finals with World Cup title defender Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) and local favourite Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) taking the win by a nose.

The 25-year-old French rider stole the victory on the home stretch edging off Lindsey Jacobellis (USA).

The four-time world champion had taken over the lead from quick starter Moenne Loccoz thanks to her great leg work in the first roller section but didn’t expect her rival to come back that fast.

Mariya Vasiltsova (RUS) celebrated a perfect World Cup debut taking home third, while Zoe Bergermann (CAN) had to settle for fourth after she made a mistake during the ladies’ final.

“I knew that I could be first. Lindsey [Jacobellis] and me very close over the whole final run, and I knew I could push it a little bit more before the finish. I already love my yellow bib and I hope to keep it for the rest of the season,” said Moenne Loccoz.

Jacobellis added: “I wasn’t sure about the results crossing the finish line because Nelly [Moenne Loccoz] and I have been battling all day long and had some close calls.

This course collects everyone at the bottom to make a very close finish every time. In general, I like the course very much because it’s fun and flows very well but at the same time is very safe.”

Photo finish of the ladies' finals - the Montafon course did produce a lot of tight heats

In the men’s event, Haemmerle led an red-white-red 1-2 punch with Markus Schairer in second making the enthusiastic home crowd go wild thanks to a fantastic passing manoeuvre right before the finish line.

‘Izzy’ capitalised on a mistake by Australia’s Cameron Bolton on the final jump, while Schairer overtook Nikolay Olyunin on the last metres, too, relegating the Russian to the third place.

“It’s a gigantic feeling. It was very hard today as the heats were super close. You always had to battle for it. I knew that I was fast, but you had to stay calm on the home stretch.

Bringing home this victory in front of my friends and family made my dream come true. It was always one of my career’s goals to win here,” cheered Haemmerle.

His fellow countryman Schairer, who earned his third consecutive Montafon podium after placing second and first back in 2012 and 2013, stated:

“The second rank feels like I have won. Especially as I can step on the podium with a teammate. We delivered the best we currently have today. My starts might have been weak but I rode well.”

The 2009 world champion’s performance stands out even more when knowing where the Vorarlberg hero has come from over the past months.

“It’s a great feeling for me to come back like this from my shoulder surgery I underwent last spring. Eight weeks ago, I wasn’t even able to do some push-ups. We deserve this result.”

The snowboard cross World Cup tour continues tomorrow with a team event which will kick off things at the Seebliga on Hochjoch at 11 AM CET.


Source: SKI

Jacobellis and Siverzten clinch sbx qualifications in Montafon

It was another perfect day in Montafon, Austria to officially start the new snowboard sross World Cup season. Sunny weather and perfect snow conditions welcomed more than 100 athletes ready to fight for the spot in the Saturday’s finals.

In the ladies’ field it was one and only Lindsay Jacobellis who set the fastest time. The four-time world champion smoothly rolled over the course showing her experience in finding the best possible line. “This year, the course is really fun and has a great flow” said Jacobellis. “It’s a wonderful start of the season and it’s great that Montafon wanted to host another World Cup this year,” she added.

Reigning Olympic champion Eva Samkova (CZE) showed she’s back to business after her injury and finished with the second fastest time in the qualifications.

All season’s favourites Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) and her teammate Chloe Trespeuch as well as Michela Moioli (ITA), Belle Brockhoff (AUS) and Maria Ramberger (AUT) made it also to Saturday’s finals. And let’s not forget the Canadian team who managed to get 3 athletes through the qualifications led by Zoe Bergerman (3rd overall time).

On the men’s side it was Norwegian rider Stian Siverzten who won the battle against the clock underlining once again his strength in qualifiers. Sivertzen who also won the qualifications at the last year’s opener in Veysonnaz (SUI) claimed he is in a good shape and ready to fight for the win on Saturday.

It was a very good day for Australian athletes, too, as Jarryd Hughes and Alex Pullin finishes with the second and the third best time of the day, respectively.

“It’s great to be back racing at this amazing course and having an amazing atmosphere with all the Austrians coming down to watch and cheer” said 22 years old Hughes who will try to repeat his performance from Lake Louise in 2013 and stand on the top of the World Cup podium again on Saturday.

“The Organizing Committee together with Nick Roma from White Industries built an amazing course, which is running really well and tomorrow’s races are going to be insane,” he finished.

We are going to see most of the season’s favourites in the finals including Kevin Hill (CAN), Lucas Eguibar (SPA), Nikolay Olyunin (RUS), Chris Robanske (CAN), Alex Deibold (USA) as well as local hero Markus Schairer (AUT).

Surprisingly 2015 world champion Luca Matteoti (ITA), who made a mistake in his first run, could not step it up in the second run and will miss the finals’ action.

Full results are online:


Source: SKI

Montafon course promises some thrilling sbx action

Yesterday’s course test as well as today’s training for the 2015-16 season’s first snowboard cross World Cup event have shown that fans can look forward to some tight duels in Montafon, Austria this coming weekend.

The purpose-built sbx course on the Seebliga/Hochjoch allows a lot of passing due to the course design which was put into place by Nick Roma from White Industries Ltd.

On a length of 980m the riders descent a total of 180m from the start (2,010m) to the finish (1,830m).

After a technical start section, line choice will be key to success before entering the first turn which is followed by a total of six rollers and turn number two.

Another double will lead the heats of 4 into the third turn where they will enter a step-up and the first real jump.

A long fourth turn will bring some more position fighting as turn five comes straight after. A kicker-double-kicker line then leads the racers into the finish area.

Qualification is scheduled to kick off with the men tomorrow at 10:40 AM CET. Finals will follow on Saturday at 11 AM CET. The team event will start on Sunday at 11 AM CET. Click here for the full programme.

Both finals can be followed through the live scoring system. For further links click here.

In addition, ORF1 will broadcast both finals live.  


Source: SKI

Paul Berg's season is over before it yet began

Snowboard Germany’s snowboard cross athlete Paul Berg will be missing the coming 2015-16 season due to a knee injury.

The 24-year-old from Constance tore his left ACL during a training run crash on the Pitztal glacier and will undergo surgery in Garmisch-Partenkirchen tomorrow already.

“I came short on a double roller and hit it. Then my knee blew. I instantly knew that something was seriously damaged although I was still able to walk,” said Berg who won the 2013 Montafon Team SBX alongside Konstantin Schad.

“It’s extremely disappointing to get injured so close to the new season. We have some pretty cool events coming up. But that’s life. I was lucky so far but injuries are part of the game. Now I have to deal with it.”

Berg will be replaced at the Montafon World Cup opener by his 17-year-old teammate Sebastian Pietrzykowski who won silver at the 2015 junior world championships in both, the individual as well as team snowboard cross race and will celebrate his World Cup debut.


Source: SKI

BILLABONG FLAUNT IT GETS SET TO LAUNCH

News Flaunt It 2016

08/12/2015

Our favorite women’s snowboard event is back for 2016. The all girls Slopestyle and Rail Jam, Billabong Flaunt It is geared up for three (3) stops, making its way across Canada again this season. The tour starts in Ontario at Mount St. Louis on February 6th, making its way to Grouse Mountain in Vancouver on February 27th, finishing off with Lake Louise, Alberta on March 12th. Flaunt It is ranked as a National Event on the World Snowboard Tour, however we encourage participation from all ages, providing course options catering to all skill levels with some basic park experience.

The morning starts off with the Slopestyle event, where the competitors can do as many laps as they please in the allotted time. The contest is jam format to maximize time on snow and keeping fun in mind with $1,500 up for grabs. Competitors are invited to participate in the afternoon Rail Jam for an additional cash purse and prizes. All competitors will receive a goody bag from contest sponsors at registration and lunch is provided by Billabong.

Billabong Flaunt It is supported by VonZipper, InStance, and Snowboarder Magazine.

Series Schedule:

February 6: Mount St. Louis, Ontario
February 27: Grouse Mountain, British Columbia
March 12: Lake Louise, Alberta

Info & Registration:

For all tour information, including registration, visit www.billabongflauntit.com.
For any additional information please contact:

Ashley Turnbull
Email: aturnbull@billabongcanada.com
Phone: 877 898 2664 ext. 1133

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EL CLASICO – XMAS GIFT FOR FREESTYLE LOVERS

FONT ROMEU, Catalan French Pyrenees, is presenting his XMAS Gift for people who loves freestyle, EL CLASICO, DECEMBER 28th & 29th.

European Skiers and Snowboarders will celebrate a friendship competition for the title of best freestyler of the session.

Part of the World Snowboard Tour and AFP World Ski Tour, 10 europeans riders each discipline will hit kickers and rails in the area of « La Calme » and a chance to win 3 000 Euros in Prizes and get the trophy of El classico, named by riders themselves.

Good Vibes, Sound and Parties are also part of the event on 28th at CAFE SUN Bar & 29th with What’s Your Name Party with DJ Mike Rock at MAILLOL Bar and PAPAGAYO Bar with DJ SKILLZ.

The event is presented by ALTISERVICE, FONT ROMEU, supported by BILLABONG, STONE SNOWBOARD, ELECTRIC covered by FLUOFUN and SBES MAG.

Come and celebrate Battle SKI / SNOW together Registration is ON, click on link below http://elclasico.fr/#eng

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DECEMBER 28th 29th
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CUTTING-EDGE WCS 2016 COURSE DESIGN REVEALED

News WCSnowboarding

04/12/2015

100 DAYS TO GO TILL THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF SNOWBOARDING


With 100 days to go until the second edition of the World Championships of Snowboarding takes place in Yabuli, China, WCS 2016 has released the course designs for the Slopestyle and Big Air venues, revealing a different take on the standard Slopestyle narrative and an impressive Big Air stadium setting.

In February 2012 the international snowboarding community gathered in Oslo, Norway for the inaugural World Championships of Snowboarding (WCS), hosted by TTR Pro Snowboarding and the World Snowboard Federation. This winter, March 9th to 16th 2016, the snowboarding community will head east to Yabuli in China´s Northeast, to determine the world’s best in competitive freestyle snowboarding in Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air. Snowboarding’s big names will go head-to-head and vie for the six-figure prize pool of $500,000 USD and the six acclaimed world champ titles, on world-class competition venues unlike any before seen in China to date.

“WCS in China is a challenge on many fronts. While kickstarting the most promising wintersports market of the future, we’re implementing progression on all levels. Our teams have been working since Oslo 2012 on the concept and execution of this historic event.” states Reto Lamm – TTR President

Changing it Up: Jumps First, Rails Last

WCS 2016 changes it up from the typical course build, kicking off the 700m long Slopestyle run with 3 kickers of 19m, 22m and 25m in size, leading into a creative feature loaded jib section consisting of 2 rail islands and a huge L-shaped playground featuring a wall-ride and a number of rails and ledges.

The Slopestyle course takes full advantage of the Yabuli terrain, allowing the riders to unleash their creative potential. Head shaper Ryan Neptune brings a team of 9 shapers with him that will work alongside the Chinese specialists and Yabuli Ski Resort.

“For the World Champs our idea was to form an international team of shaping experts. We have specialists on board from the US, Canada, NZ, Australia, and together we have come up with a innovative course design for the slopestyle that we are stoked to reveal today”, says head shaper Ryan Neptune (US).

“The Slopestyle course at the Yabuli World Snowboard Championships is going showcase one of the most creative venues for world class riders to date. Mixing up the the traditional jumps which increase in scale as the first features on the course and ending in three rail islands with the last feature a multiple rail section that the riders will need to settle after they land their jumps will add a high level of expectation for the best riders”, says competition director Lee Gregory Johnson.

Built atop a venue previously used for aerials, the WCS 2016 Big Air arena will give spectators a spectacular view of the action. The 27m Jump will set the stage that will showcase the riders’ progressive flair and technical skill.

Qualification

Qualification is open to competitors from around the world, where the qualification criteria is based on the World Snowboarding Points List (WSPL) rankings and WSF national snowboard association selections. The cut-off date is only a few days away, on December 15th.

Event Schedule

March 8th: Arrival of athletes

March 9th: Practice and event kick off / welcome

March 10th: Qualifications Halfpipe and Slopestyle

March 11th: Qualifications Halfpipe and Slopestyle

March 12th: Qualifications Halfpipe and Slopestyle/ Quali’s & Semi’s Big Air

March 13th: Qualifications Halfpipe and Slopestyle/ Quali’s & Semi’s Big Air

March 14th: Semi-finals Halfpipe and Slopestyle/ Big Air finals

March 15th: Slopestyle finals

March 16th: Halfpipe finals

About Yabuli

The Yabuli resort is a 3 hour drive from the pop.10 million city of Harbin, the center of China´s northeastern region. Yabuli is the largest and most well known winter sports destination in China. Rapidly developing its reputation as an emerging winter sport powerhouse, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. In 2016, WCS will be the main professional elite championship event in China across any snow sport. In Yabuli, the Club Med Resort will be the preferred hub for all riders and international visitors ensuring western hospitality standards.

About the World Championships of Snowboarding

The World Championships of Snowboarding (WCS) is the pinnacle snowboarding event organized by TTR Pro Snowboarding and the World Snowboard Federation. The WCS crowns snowboarding’s true World Champions in the disciplines of Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air. It is a high calibre celebration of the sport held every 4 years, bringing together 400 riders representing 43 WSF Member Nations, staged by alternating resort locations around the world. In 2016, Yabuli resort, the largest winter sports resort in China will host the 2nd edition of the World Championships of Snowboarding.

About TTR Pro Snowboarding

TTR Pro Snowboarding owns and operates the World Snowboard Tour (WST). The WST is the global home to snowboarding’s best competitions and the world’s top athletes. More than 3,500 athletes compete at over 200 competitions around the world. TTR also owns and administrates the World Snowboarding Points List (WSPL) ranking system, the world ranking for professional snowboarding.

About The World Snowboard Federation

The WSF is an international non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to develop the sport of snowboarding on all levels including competitive snowboarding, education, adaptive snowboarding and developing activities for riders of any age. The WSF represents a global network of national snowboard associations, and oversees the integration of all regional and national events into the World Snowboard Tour.

Media Contact World Championships of Snowboarding:

Rich Hegarty

rich@WCSnowboarding.com

 www.worldsnowboardtour.com

www.wcs2016yabuli.com

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Freestyle Winter Sports Associations TTR and AFP Sign Letter-of-Intent


News TTR.AFP

04/12/2015

TTR Pro Snowboarding and the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) establish strategic alliance to ensure a strong and stable future for their sports

(Scuol, Switzerland, Tahoe City, CA, USA) November 25, 2015

TTR Pro Snowboarding and the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP), the world´s leading associations of the most respected and globally recognized freestyle winter sports, have signed a far-reaching letter of intent to cooperate in key areas. Through sharing knowledge, resources and defining common pathways, the strategic alliance between the two organizations is aimed at improving and evolving the existing structure within each sport, while increasing global awareness for two of the most exciting winter action sports. TTR and AFP will focus on the further progression of competitive snowboarding and freeskiing. The partnership is based on mutual respect for the leadership and accomplishments of both organizations, along with a desire to support and promote each other in the pursuit of further progression and development within their respective sports, while protecting and representing the best interests of the sports and their athletes.

TTR and AFP will initially focus their collaboration of topics such as judging, contest formats, and athlete services. The organizations will look for synergies where possible, while at the same time maintaining and strengthening the unique characteristics that are fundamental to each sport, particularly the need for different judges for snowboarding and freeskiing events. Additionally, TTR and AFP have set a goal to bring together the world’s best athletes for a joint tour final of the World Snowboard Tour and AFP World Tour.

“AFP and TTR have a lot in common when it comes to how freestyle winter sports should develop and also the role athletes should play in their sports,” says Reto Lamm, President of TTR. “While we are competing in some areas, there are many more areas where we can create benefits for both sports through collaboration.”

“This collaboration will focus on maximizing the resources that our two sports share, resulting in greater returns for our athletes, our partners, our sports and our fans,” states AFP Executive Director Eric Zerrenner. “Both organizations have the same level of passion and commitment to growing their sports in the right way, and this collaboration exemplifies that.”

“Neither freeskiing nor snowboarding would be where they are today without the platforms provided by our two organizations,” says Michael Spencer, Vice-President of the AFP.

About TTR Pro Snowboarding & World Snowboard Tour


TTR Pro Snowboarding strives to promote competitive snowboarding in representing the interests of a professional network of events, athletes, national sport associations and industry partners. A Non-Profit organization, TTR Pro Snowboarding owns the World Snowboard Tour, the World Championships of Snowboarding, the TTR Tour Ranking and the widely respected global ranking system – the World Snowboarding Points Lists (WSPLs). By offering a fair, unbiased, global ranking platform, and through maintaining global competition, course-build, safety and judging standards, TTR brings transparency to the sport, across the freestyle disciplines of Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air. Through TTR’s four-tiered Regional to Elite level tour structure, it encourages, develops and supports rider progression from rookies to world-class athletes, where the Elite level, WST events are the ultimate pinnacle of snowboarding competition.

#WORLDSNOWBOARDTOUR #WSTELITE #WSTINTERNATIONAL #WSTNATIONAL #WSTREGIONAL

About The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) & AFP World Tour

The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) represents freeskiing on a global level. Formed by athletes and ski industry professionals, the AFP’s goal is to grow the sport of freeskiing by clearly defining and consistently presenting the best in freeskiing competition. Our global freeskiing ranking system is the only globally- accepted ranking system in the world and is made possible by a network of worldwide-sanctioned AFP events. These sanctioned events make up the AFP World Tour. Through the global organization and consistency of ranking, judging, competition schedule and event sanctioning requirements, the AFP is able to name the undisputed men’s and women’s World Champions in the disciplines of Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Big Air and Overall.

#AFPWorldTour

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Olympic Snowboarding Team Announced

Slopestyle snowboarding will be contested in the Olympic Winter Games for the first time ever in Sochi.

The five event qualifying series came down to the final stop at Mammoth Mountain, with all but two spots decided during the final event weekend.

Right now, the squad is lead by three Olympic HP Champions: Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Shaun White, who will have a shot of a Gold three-peat in the halfpipe contest at Sochi.

In addition, the team also features halfpipe riders Kaitlyn Farrington and Arielle Gold as well as Taylor Gold, Gregory Bretz and Danny Davis.

Besides White, who will be the only athlete to compete in both snowboard freestyle events at Sochi, the slopestyle crew consists of Jamie Anderson and Ty Walker as well as Charles Guldemond and Sage Kotsenburg.

The formal naming of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team by the United States Olympic Committee is set for Jan. 27.


Source: SKI