Kjersti Buaas Wins Halfpipe World Cup in Saas-Fee

Norway’s Kjersti Buaas won the second Halfpipe contest of the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup 2007/2008 for the girls side in Saas-Fee. Bauus celebrated her first World Cup victory for 5 years with a clear run of 40,6, leaving Chen Xu of China and the reigning Swiss World Champ Manuela Laura Pesko behind in a trail of the white stuff.

Although she’s won the World Cup before, Bauus was humble in her response to winning: “I didn’t think I would win here. I wasn’t even sure if I would make it to the finals. But
for sure it’s a great victory. It’s been great riding with such great weather conditions too.”

With third prize under her belt, Manuela Laura Pesko was pleased with getting a high result in such a high standard of competition: “As I rode my runs without making a mistake, I can be really satisfied with my ranking. The girls were riding at a high level and are developing continuously. I will keep on giving my best and we’ll see what the rest of the season will bring.”

In the men’s contest, Louri Podladtchikov from Switzerland won first prize, followed by Janne Korpi (FIN) and Christian Haller (SUI). Louri excelled himself by taking home both the top podium spot and the lead in the Halfpipe World Cup ranking with his FS 1080 and a Cap 1080. “Everything worked out really great today. In this amazing pipe I could show some really good runs. I just needed one trial to land my tricks.”

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