Palmer second to Norway’s Haakonsen |

Palmer second to Norway’s Haakonsen

Tribune Staff Report

No one was bored during the Swatch-ISF World BoarderCross Tour finals Sunday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe’s Shaun Palmer overcame a slow start to finish second behind Norway’s Terje Haakonsen, fueling a growing rivalry between the two men.

“I heard Palmer and I was thinking about looking (back) to see who it was. But I knew it was him,” said Haakonsen, who is considered to be one of the top snowboarders in the world.

It was the Norwegian’s second top finish of the weekend, as he grabbed the halfpipe title on Saturday, earning at least $14,000 in total winnings.

Gernot Raitmar of Austria finished third in the BoarderCross, while Pepe Ahonen, who won the Bear Mountain stop two weeks ago, captured the women’s prize of $3,000. Marguerite Cossettini of Australia took second and Nillard Pilavakis from the United States was third.

“What makes this BoarderCross tour different from others is this organization really empowers the riders. They care what we think about the track and the conditions,” Pilavakis said.

BoarderCross, often described as motocross racing on snowboards, was invented in 1991. Each race its six racers in head-to-head competition on a giant slalom type course filed with banked turns, bumps, rolls, whoop de doos and jumps. The first rider to cross the line is the winner. The top-three from each heat advance to the next round.

The tour’s, which is co-sponsored by O’Neill sportswear and Vans footwear, makes its last North American stop at Solitude, Utah on March 12-14. The tour finals are scheduled for April 4-6 in Laax, Switzerland.

In other action during the Vans-ISF World Snowboarding Championships, the Europeans commanded the men’s giant slalom as Switzerland’s Fadri Mosca was first with a 395.74 mark, followed by Austria’s Dieter Krassnig 380.45 and France’s Mathieu Bozzetto 373.20. Mosca collected $6,000 for the win. The top American was Ian Price in 10th place with 334.64.

In the women’s giant slalom, France’s Charlotte Bernard grabbed $6,000 with a winning mark of 424.66. American’s Lisa Kosglow and Rosey Fletcher were second and third with marks of 413.35 and 407.23, respectively.

In the men’s halfpipe, American Todd Richards was second behind Haakonsen, 385.74 to 380.45. Switzerland’s Fabian Rohrer was third at 373.20. The top prize was $8,000.

In the women’s halfpipe, Shannon Dunn was the top American finisher in fourth place. Switzerland’s Anita Schwaller was first and nabbed $6,000, followed by Canadian Natasza Zurek and Norway’s Stine Brun Kjeldaas. South Lake Tahoe’s Kristie Elder was 16th.

In the men’s dual slalom, no American placed in the top 34 while seven of the first 11 were Austrian. Karl-Heinz Zangrel and Dieter Krassnig of Austria finished 1-2, followed by Switzerland’s Fadri Mosca. Top prize was $6,000.

In the women’s dual slalom, Rosey Fletcher and Leslee Olson were the top Americans at 12th and 13th. Germany’s Sendra Farmand was first and collected $6,000. Austria’s Brigitte was second and Isabelle Blanc of France was third.

In the combined overall, Farmand was the top female while France’s Romain Retsin was the top male.

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