Placing 3rd both days of the competition, the consistency of Sverre Liliequist (SWE) pays off. This situation is a bit unusual for him as we have seen in the past; his powerful, aggressive ‘Viking’ style often causes him to fall. His intelligent line choice revealed his extreme agility on various terrains. Aurelien Ducroz (FRA) just missed the top of the podium with only one tenth of a point difference; these are the closest results ever for the Freeride World Tour.
This story of consistency was almost the same for Cyril Neri (SUI), as he placed 2nd and 4th; this proves he really studied his options to take the most impressive and smooth lines that played into his style of riding. This victory is undeniably thanks to his rich experience.
Jess McMillan (USA) is the undeniable winner of this competition with her fast and aggressive lines. Elyse Saugstad (USA) unfortunately fell when landing an impressive jump; she will get her chance to defend her title of World Champion on her home mountains in Squaw Valley USA.
Aline Bock (GER) is undoubtedly the revelation of this first stage of the Freeride World Tour. She broke away from the traditional runs integrating numerous jumps thanks to her début as a freestyler. Gaining confidence from this first victory, she will certainly continue to impress everyone throughout the season.
Final results, Nissan Russian Adventure 2009
Ski Men: 1.-Sverre Liliequist (SWE); 2.-Aurelien Ducroz (FRA); 3.-Thibaud Duchosal (FRA)
Snowboard Men: 1.-Cyril Neri (SUI); 2.-Xavier De Le Rue (FRA); 3.-Alex Coudray (SUI)
Ski Women: 1.-Jess Mc Millan (USA); 2.-Ane Enderud (NOR); 3.-Marja Persson (SWE)Snowboard Women: 1.-Aline Bock (GER); 2.-Charlotte Hagen (NOR); 3.-Nathalie Zenklusen (SUI).
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