December 20, 2013, LAKE LOUISE, Alta. (ISN) – Everything was in place for Christopher Robanske of Calgary to lay down a strong run Friday and he delivered the goods to rank first in snowboard cross qualifying at a Sportchek SBX World Cup presented by Mazda.
Robanske clocked one minute and 07.60 seconds on the 1,090 metre run to finish ahead of Konstantin Schad of Germany in second at 1:08.08 and Robert Fagan of Squamish, B.C., in third at 1:08.13.
”It’s very exciting to be home and to know I’m going to compete in the finals,” said Robanske, who had many friends and family among the spectators today. ”It doesn’t give me a big advantage to qualify first but it is reassuring to know I’m riding well.”
Robanske said the course suited his style and credited the support staff with properly preparing the Canadian riders.
”I really favour these style of courses,” he said. ”We really prepared our lines well in training and our wax techs definitely nailed it. We were all gliding really fast and the key was to put down a run with the least amount of mistakes as possible.”
Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., also advanced to the 32-man finals ranking 16th. Not advancing were Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont., in 34th, Thomas Pitman of Trail, B.C., in 37th as well as Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Superieur, Que., Danny Bourgeois of Rosemère, Que., Tyler Jackson of Whitby, Ont., Mitch Pitman of Trail, and Matthew Tunnicliffe of Gananoque, Ont.
Two more Canadians advanced to finals in women’s qualifying. Dominique Maltais of Petite-Rivière St-François, Que., was the second fastest qualifier in 1:11.53 just behind Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S., first in 1:11.47.
Maelle Ricker Squamish, B.C., was the fifth fastest qualifier in 1:12.63.
Not advancing were Zoe Bergermann of Acton, Ont., in 18th, Carle Brenneman of Whistler, B.C., in 26th and Michelle Brodeur of Calgary in 28th. Tess Critchlow of Kelowna, B.C., did not finish. The top-16 advanced to finals for the women.
The snowboard cross finals will be carried live on CBC Television at 1:30 p.m. (MST)\3:30 p.m. (EST)
Canadians don’t advance at slopestyle World Cup
The news wasn’t as exciting for Canadian riders at a slopestyle World Cup event in Copper, Colorado.
In women’s qualifying, Samm Denena of Orillia, Ont., ranked 11th to miss the top-eight cut for the finals on Saturday. Jenna Blasman of Kitchener, Ont., was 14th, Breanna Stangeland of Calgary 29th, Natalie Allport of Ottawa 34th and Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., 35th. Also not advancing were Brooke Voigt of Fort McMurray, Alta., and Molly Milligan of Whistler.
The Canadian men also didn’t advance in Thursday’s qualifying. Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que., was 19th, Charles Reid of Mont-Tremblant, Que., 21st, Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., 24th, Darcy Sharpe of Comox, B.C., 26th and Antoine Truchon of Ste-Adèle, Que., 33rd. Also not advancing were Jonathan Versteeg of Vernon, B.C., Robby Balharry of Canmore, Alta., Michael Ciccarelli of Ancaster, Ont., and Matts Kulisek of Mont-Royal, Que.