FIS World Cup
Saas-Fee, Switzerland – Oct. 22, 2005
HOLLAND WINS, JACOBELLIS THIRD IN SAAS-FEE SBX
SAAS-FEE Switzerland (Oct.22) – U.S. Snowboarding’s Nate Holland
(Olympic Valley, CA) got creative this summer, practicing start after start
out of a custom-built, spring-loaded start gate he set up just out his front
door, pointed down the driveway. On his skateboard, he would mentally “trick”
himself into believing he was in a World Cup snowboardcross final, just
like he was Saturday in Saas-Fee. But Saturday’s victory was no mental
mirage: Holland took top honors for the second World Cup win of his career,
while teammate Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mtn., VT) was third in the women’s
|(32 make finals)
1. Nate Holland, Olympic Valley, Calif.
2. Xavier Delerue, France
3. Damon Haylor, Austria
4. Francesco Sandrini, Italy
11. Jason Smith, Basalt, Colo.
12. Seth Wescott, Carrabassett Valley, Maine
15. Jayson Hale, Sierraville, Calif.
19. Mark Schulz, Portland, Ore.
|(16 make finals)
1. Marie Laissus, France
2. Doresia Krings, Austria
3. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mtn., Vt.
4. Dominique Maltais, Canada
16. Marni Yamada, Seattle, Wash.
" I felt a lot of pressure after the first Olympic qualifier of the
season (he placed 11th in Valle Nevado, Chile, in September) and I had
to focus and do well,” said Holland, also a Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard
Grand Prix winner (2004 Mammoth Mtn., CA) and ’04 X Games ultracross
champ. “I put it all on the table and really went for it. The course
was super fast – faster than average – and long. I think it
complemented me very well.”
Holland, who qualified ninth, practically got a bye in the first heat
when two of the riders in his heat withdrew because of injury. “I
still ran the course full-speed, settling into things,” he said.
Once he advanced to the final eight, Holland said he “went for
it all the way.” In his semi-final heat, Holland was third going
into part of the course that cuts through a tunnel. “I took a gutsy
inside line, laid my guts out, and was able to make the move.”
In the final, it was France’s Xavier Delarue who got the hole shot,
taking an outside line. Like his previous heat, Holland chose an inside
line and took the lead when he saw Delarue “fly over the handlebars”
coming off the first hip jump. Holland was alone in the lead for a short
period of time before feeling body contact from behind from Italian Francesco
Sandrini. Holland managed to get out ahead of Sandrini and cross the finish
“He definitely trained hard this summer and is super-motivated,”
said U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach and Head SBX Coach Peter Foley. “Like
all our riders here, he made such a huge improvement on this course over
the four days. He just kept working it out, getting faster and faster.”
In the women’s contest, reigning world SBX champion Jacobellis
was on the podium for the second consecutive day after placing third in
the halfpipe contest Friday. Jacobellis qualified eighth, then proceeded
to win her first two heats of the finals. Foley said she got “tangled
up” twice in the big final, including a crash with Dominique Maltais
(CAN) that practically knocked the pair off-course and forced them to
hike the face of a jump to get back into the race.
“I’m most excited about the progress everyone made this week,”
said Foley, who takes his squad to Whistler, B.C., Dec. 8-11 for the next
World Cup SBX.