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FIS Snowboard World Championships at Whistler 2005


Dateline:12/01/2005   See All News Topics

FIS World Championship @ Whistler Jan 15-22, 2005


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Day 6, HP Finals



January 22, 2005 - Whistler, B.C., Canada. Antti Autti of Finland soared to a gold medal in the Halfpipe (HP) event, thrilling the fans with a near-perfect first run score of 47.7. It was Autti's second gold medal of the event, tying him with Canada's Jasey-Jay Anderson for the individual medal lead, after also winning yesterday's Province Big Air contest. Kim Christiansen of Norway took the bronze.

Canadian rider Justin Lamoureux wrapped up a hugely successful World Championships in dramatic fashion tonight with a silver medal in the Halfpipe competition, helping Canada win the World Championship medal count in front of five thousand cheering fans. Canada finished with five medals at the event, including two gold medals, giving the host country the edge over Austria's total of one gold, a silver, and three bronze medals.

The American Women's team was well represented in the finals with Hannah Teter, Tricia Byrnes and Lindsey Jacobellis making it to the final eigth. Hannah took the podium in third place, Tricia just missed out with fourth, and Lindsey placed 8th out of a field of 24 riders. US Men's rider Luke Wynen finish 8th in the finals.

"What a great week for Canada and the sport of snowboarding," said Mark Taylor, vice president of IMG Action Sports and president of the organizing committee for the 2005 FIS Snowboard World Championships. "Everyone here; the athletes, the course workers, the people of Whistler, they all contributed to make this one of the most memorable Snowboard World Championships ever."

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Day 5, BA Finals



January 21, 2005 - Whistler, B.C., Canada. The rain let up at the 2005 FIS Snowboard World Championships on Friday just in time for Big Air competition, and a large crowd of cheering fans saw first-hand why the high-flying event is a favorite of snowboarding fans everywhere.

Antti Autti of Finland led after the first round and he didn't let up the rest of the way to take the gold medal, despite some tight competition from silver medallist Matevz Petek and bronze medal winner Andreas Jakobsson, as well as his Finnish teammates Jukka Eratuli and Risto Mattila.

Canadians Neil Connolly and Brad Martin were in the hunt, finishing in sixth and eighth positions, respectively, in the final standings.

Tomorrow is the final day of competition at the 2005 FIS Snowboard World Championships and it ends with a bang, with qualifying action for the Halfpipe in the morning followed by the Finals under the lights.

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Day 4, PSL Finals



The Parallel Slalom (PSL) at the FIS Nokia Snowboard World Championships took place at Whistler-Blackcomb, B.C., on Wednesday, January 19, 2005. The day began like the previous day had ended, with rain, rain, more rain, and melting snow. The PSL course, similar to but shorter than the Parallel Giant Slalom, was well designed and constructed. To keep it in racing condition, it was maintained by an army of a crew that worked ceaselessly against the elements. It was with that kind of dedication that the race organizers at Whistler were able to put on a great race in spite of the nasty weather that was thrown at them.

Like the race crews, all the competitors faced the weather with grace and fortitude. The racers and spectators wished for snow, but the Pineapple Express continued its onslaught. Each heat wore down the wet course, so the gates became more and more banked making things increasingly challenging for all the racers. American competitor Rosey Fletcher commented that it felt more like bobsledding than snowboarding. The weather conditions made for unusually intense excitement as the racers popped out of the gates and flew down the course. The American Women's team had three racers in the top 16, and Rosey Fletcher was able to make it to the final four. The American Men's team member Justin Reiter made it into the final 16.

The Canadian Men's team had another successful day in the PSL with Jasey-Jay Anderson taking his second gold medal in as many days. He beamed his warm smile to the crowd at the completion of each heat after giving it his all racing down the soggy course. Anderson finished first in every race of his final four heats, against very stiff competition. The crowd was thrilled and screamed each time the Canadian crossed the finish line. Seeing Jasey-Jay win the gold was a golden reward in itself for all who endured the bad weather to see the world's best in snowboarding.

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At the starting line

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Cutting the gate

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Looking for the next one

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Keeping it all together

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Parallel Slalom Action

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Stacia Hookom (USA) charging towards the finish

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Lisa Kosglow (USA) in the finish area

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Justin Reiter (USA) after a good run

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Chris Klug (USA) after the race

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Jasey-Jay Anderson (CAN) with umbrella after one of many good races

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Rosey Fletcher (USA) after the race moving up in the finals

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Daniela Meuli (SUI) in the finish area

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Rosey Fletcher (USA) on the stage with a fourth place finish

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PSL Women's top three finishers, Neururer (AUT) 2, Meuli (SUI) 1, Krings (AUT) 3

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Jasey-Jay Anderson (CAN) Gold medal winner in Men's PSL


Day 3, PGS Finals



January 18, 2005 - Whistler, B.C., Canada. The weather did not cooperate for the running of the Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) but the competitors were still ready. Very un-seasonally warm temperatures and rain made the well designed course a foggy slip'n slide. Competitors and spectators alike endured the rains with great spirits and umbrellas.

The Canadian team enjoyed the day with Jasey Jay Anderson bringing home the Gold in the Men's final. American men's team member Adam Smith finished in fourth place, but Chris Klug and women's team Michelle Gorgone did not make it out of the 1/8 final.

The post-competition award's ceremony was well done, honoring the day's victors on the Nokia stage with plaques, medals, and flowers amid plenty of smiles.

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The course was well designed

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The gates were challenging

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The competition was fierce

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The finish line

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Chris Klug after finishing a preliminary run

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The wet course made the turns treacherous

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Jasey-Jay Anderson gives friendly hand shake at the end of an early heat

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Top four women finishers

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Enjoying the victory

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Adam Smith (#27) finishes fourth

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Top men's winners

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World Champion Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson

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The post finish interview


Day 2, SBX Finals



January 16, 2005 - Whistler, B.C., Canada. It was a great day for the Finals of the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Championships 2005 SBX. New snow had fallen overnight and visibility was excellent at race time.

The Women's competition presented a great match-up for the crowd, with Canadian Maltais Dominique in first seed and USA's Lindsey Jacobellis in second seed. But it would be Lindsey's day. With her steady style and comfort on the jumps, she rode to a first place finish in the Championships by winning all three of her heats today. Canadian Maelle Ricker placed third in the Final, and Maltais placed fourth after first place finishes in the and Finals.

Other Americans proved successful as well. Seth Wescott was a dominating racer today, quickly making his presence known by placing first in each of his preliminary heats. The crowd seemed to know it was going to be Seth's day as he easily took the championship round with a clean and decisive win. Canada's Francois Boivin placed second in the Final, and USA's Jason Hale finished third.

The Parallel Slalom is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but weather may be a factor on the course as rain is in the forecast. Think snow.

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Women's heat leaving the starting gates

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Down the course into the first turn

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Seth Wescott getting ready in the starting area with iPod

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Men's action at the top of the course

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It is important to get out early in SBX

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Tight action as they head into the first turn

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Seth after a successful semi-final run

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Lindsey Jacobellis at the final jump to the finish line

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Seth showing some style on the last jump

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Lindsey goes even higher to her first place finish

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Lindsey in the finish area

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Seth on the last jump to his first place finish

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Success!

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Top three women finishers, Ruby of France 2, Jacobellis USA 1, Ricker of Canada 3

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Lindsey Jacobellis SBX World Champion

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At great day for Lindsey and US Snowboarding

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Seth Wescott (USA) SBX World Champion and it feels good, Francois Boivin (CAN) 2, and Jayson Hale (USA) 3


Day 1, SBX Qualifications



January 15, 2005 - Whistler Canada. The FIS World Championships are off and running. Currrent News, the SBX (Snowboard Cross) made qualification runs with good weather and a great course. Lindsey Jacobellis had a great day with only .15 seconds separating her from first in the qualification round. Leslee Olson ran well and finished in the top half of the group.

Whistler is putting on a good show with the opening ceremonies and a night time rail session. The crowd gathered at Base II to watch the Canadian team take on the International boys. Even Ronald McDonald made an appearance in the "throw down" competition.

Weather looks good for tomorrow's finals, but it may be a problem later in the week as rain and high temperature are predicted to move in.

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Leslee Olson (USA) at the start

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Mid-hill Step-up

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Seth Wescott (USA) getting ready with iPod

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Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) after a good first day

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Hauling and making time


Rail Session


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Nice Rail Slide

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I'm lovin' it, McDonalds' Style

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Getting on the rail

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