NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2006/2007

When: Thu 1st of January 1970

Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Matevz Petek grabbed Gold in this season’s first Big Air of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup, held at the Olympic arena Stockholm stadium.

In Stockholm’s debut as a World Cup host, the Slovenian rider earned 26.4 points in the big final of the new knock-out-format and thus relegated Peetu Piiroinen (24.9) to the second spot. The 18-year-old Finnish freestyler was the youngest snowboarder out of the 16 that made the finals, beating his fellow country man Risto Mattila to get down to the final two. But Mattila (25.9) was able to jump on the podium after he had successfully competed against Austrian Florian Mausser (24.7) in the battle for third.

Peetu Pirainen, Switch FS 1080. Peetu was definately one of the most consistant rider of the contest.

“It’s a miracle”, cheered Matevz Petek right after the final run. “In the training, I wasn’t able to land my tricks at all. But in the finals, I was doing better and better with every single jump.”

Besides his fourth World Cup triumph, the 23 year-old rider celebrated a much better opening into the season compared to last winter: “Last year, I missed the first two finals and thus lost too many points to fight for the Big Air’s Crystal Globe.”

In the big final, Peetu Piiroinen had to accept the dominance of the Slovenian athlete, too. But due to the fact that he was able to repeat his best result in the World Cup so far (Kreischberg, AUT, 2005) the young Finn was pleased: “I wanted to make it to the finals and then do my best. I’m stoked that it worked out fine!”

So, Risto Mattila who celebrated his eighth Big Air World Cup podium complimented Piiroinen on his good performance: “Peetu is an outstanding young gun. He is riding super good and rarely doesn’t stick his tricks. One can expect a lot from him in the future. He will be big! I myself am stoked with the third rank but mainly because I landed the Cab 1080.”

FIS’ Simone interviewing an enthusiast Risto Mattila. The event was live on Swedish national TV.

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Final result:

  • 1. PETEK Matevz (SLO)
  • 2. PIIROINEN Peetu (FIN)
  • 3. MATTILA Risto (FIN)
  • 4. MAUSSER Florian (AUT)
  • 5. WIIG Andreas (NOR)
  • 6. GIMPL Stefan (AUT)
  • 7. KRATTER Giacomo (ITA)
  • 8. NADIG Benedikt (SUI)
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After the alpine snowboarders opened the 2006/2007 season of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup with the first Parallel competitions, the freestylers are kicking off their World Cup winter in less than two weeks. In November, three contests will be organized. At first, the kings of the air are soaring through the night and showing their incredible tricks at the Big Air in Stockholm on November 11th, 2006.

The jump aces are not only competing for the first time ever in the Swedish capital but also battling for victory in a new format of the night finals. The top 16 qualifiers will crown their champion through a knock-out-system in the Olympic arena Stockholm stadium.

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After this freestyle opener the boarders are struggling for World Cup points in the halfpipe of Saas-Fee, Switzerland, on November 24th and 25th, 2006 – the only two halfpipe contests prior the 2007 FIS Snowboard World Championships.

With the WCS in Swiss Arosa in January 2007 in mind, the December is very important for the all-rounders because Austrian Bad Gastein is hosting the only Snowboard Cross World Cup on December 14th and 15th, 2006, prior to the World Championships – besides one Parallel Slalom on December 16th.

In addition, two Parallel Giant Slaloms will be held in December. On December 3rd, S. Vigilio di Marebbe in Italy is organizing one of them. On December 21st, Slovenian Kranjska Gora is celebrating it’s debut as a World Cup host with a PGS.

The last month of the year is also offering another highlight: Paris will be in charge of a World Cup contest for the first time ever on December 8th, 2006, hosting the season’s second Big Air in Disneyland Paris.

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An overview of the 2006 schedule:

  • November 11th: Stockholm (SWE) Big Air
  • November 24th-25th: Saas-Fee (SUI) Halfpipe
  • December 3rd: S. Vigilio di Marebbe (ITA) Parallel Giant Slalom
  • December 8th: Paris (FRA) Big Air
  • December 14th-16th: Bad Gastein (AUT) Parallel Slalom + Snowboard Cross
  • December 21st: Kranjska Gora (SLO) Parallel Giant Slalom

Current changes and updates are provided on www.fis-ski.com.