Anderson, Lamoureux on top for Canada; Whistler women in top 10
Canadian snowboarders finished strong at home with three World Cup medals at Stoneham, Quebec, on Dec. 20 and 21.
Jaysey-Jay Anderson of Mont Tremblant, Quebec, led the way on Saturday, Dec. 20, with bronze and silver medals in two parallel giant slalom races, including a rescheduled race that was cancelled in Whistler the week before.
In the first race, Anderson finished second behind Mathieu Bozzetto after blazing a trail to the finals.
Gilles Jaquet of Switzerland beat Markus Ebner of Germany to the tape in the small final match up to take the bronze medal.
Also for Canada, Jerome Sylvestre of Bromont, Quebec, continued to show improvement with a 13 th place finish.
In the second PGS, Anderson once again cruised into the semi-finals, where he lost out to Jaquet in two runs. He faced Ebner in the small finals, and was able to land on the podium once again with a bronze medal. Philipp Schoch of Switzerland beat Jaquet, his teammate, in the finals.
Consistency paid off for the 27-year-old Anderson, who moved up to third place in the overall World Cup standings. Anderson has won the overall title for the past few years, and although he is still almost 2,000 points behind Bozzetto, he should be able to catch up with another strong season on the snowboard cross circuit.
For Sylvestre, two more results in the top-16 show that the 23-year-old has gained the confidence and consistency to be a force on the World Cup circuit.
In the first womens PGS, Sara Fischer and Aprilia Hagglof of Sweden took the top two spots, followed by Heidi Neururer of Austria and Heidi Renoth of Germany in the small final.
Whistlers Alexa Loo was the top Canadian, finishing in 11 th place her best ever World Cup result. Aimee Newton of Calgary and Helene Cloutier of Quebec also cracked the top-30, finishing 19 th and 23 rd respectively.
In the second race, Ursula Bruhin and Daniela Meuli of Switzerland took first and second, followed by Marion Posch of Italy and Manuela Riegler of Austria.
Newton was 18 th , Loo was 20 th , and Cloutier 24 th .
In the halfpipe the following day, Whistler rider Justin Lamoureux finished third with 39.9 points, half a point back of Vinzenz Lueps of Germany, and 0.4 points behind Magnus Sterner of Sweden.
Also for Canada, Whistlers Crispin Lipscomb narrowly missed the final, finishing in 11 th place. Brett Carpentier was 14 th , Neil Connolly was 17 th , Hugo Lemay 19 th , Sebastian Gagnon 22 nd , Dave Schettini 23 rd , Dan Raymond (Whistler) 24 th , Charles Gagnon 27 th , Parker Ferguson 28 th , and Julien Gauthier 29 th .
In the womens halfpipe, Whistlers Lori Glazier was the top Canadian. One week after winning a silver medal at home Glazier was back in the finals, where she finished sixth.
Two promising Whistler riders also finished in the top-10. After finishing third in the Whistler World Cup, national team rookie Mercedes Nicoll, 19, proved once again that she belongs among the best in the world with a seventh place finish one spot out of the finals.
Sarah Kopinya, 17, followed up her ninth place finish the week before with a 10th at Stoneham.
Both Nicoll and Kopinya rose to the national team through the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club, competing as juniors on the provincial, national and junior world championship circuits. They grew up with a superpipe in their backyard, and they werent afraid to use it.
Also for Canada, Helen Schettini was 13 th , Dominique Vallée 16 th , Anne-Marie Gauthier 17 th , Stephanie Gervais 18 th , Marie-France Noel 20 th , and Sarah Conrad 22 nd .
Heidi Kurkinen of Finland took the gold medal, and Manuela Lara Pesko and Andrea Schuler of Switzerland were second and third respectively.
In the Big Air contest, which wrapped up the World Cup weekend, Neil Connolly was the top Canadian in ninth place. Sebastian Ganon, Justin Lamoureux and Crispin Lipscomb were 12 th through 14 th respectively. Dan Raymond was 16 th , Charles Gagnon 17 th , and Rube Goldberg (Whistler) 19 th .
The World Cup season continues in the New Year with events in Salzburg and Bad Gastein, Austria.