You’ll be hearing a lot about Cypress Mountain over the next year. Despite the resort name, there is no actual Cypress Mountain in the area, but it is the name of the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Venue for the 2010 Winter Games offering some of the best conditions in North Vancouver BC.
The half-pipe and the venues for the moguls and aerials were completed in the summer of 2007. Since then, Cypress has been hosting a series of test events attracting all the top winter athletes.
This past weekend, Olympic gold medalists and Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) and Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) took to what will be the 2010 Olympic pipe to win a World Cup.
Clark led the way for the women for the second weekend in a row with Jiayu Liu of China second and Teter third.
“This is probably the deepest field of athletes we have seen this year from any event. There were some incredible snowboarders here today,” Clark said.
Clark put down a backside 5, frontside 7, cab 3, frontside 5, backside air to win the event.
According to Clark, pipe conditions were such that one had to be on their A game in order to ride it perfectly.
“Today was the best day for the halfpipe. It got a little bit more vert. It’s still a bit soft in the flat bottom. You have to be really technically on top of your game because any edging will slow you down a lot,” Clark said.
Teter was happy to be able to start off her road to the Olympics with a bronze medal in the halfpipe.
“I really liked it [the pipe] my third place is a really good way to start out my experience in this Olympic pipe,” Teter said.
“It’s one of the best courses I have ridden all year,” Jacobellis said. “It flowed really nicely and it’s nice that I did so well.”
Jacobellis won each of her heats, but it was a tactical line that shot her ahead in the final round.
“It feels great and I’m happy to win any race. At the entrance of the first banked turn I was in third and then dropped in low for a pass and drifted up and I felt like I got some speed out of that turn, then I just tried to maintain the lead for the rest of the way down,” Jacobellis said.
According to the winner, however, the fact that she won on what will be the Olympic course was not a factor for her victory celebration Friday.
“It will be the same course builder for the Olympics. But, it’s still a year away. There’s still more competitions to do and I’m just going to take one at a time,” Jacobellis said. “It would be nice to up my medal but I’ll just try to take it one event at a time because it’s still so far away.”
2009 LG SNOWBOARD FIS WORLD CUP
Cypress Mountain, BC – Feb. 14, 2009
1. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, CO, 42.6
2. Jiayu Liu, China, 39.0
3. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 38.8
4. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 37.0
5. Sophir Rodriguez, France, 34.4
Cypress Mountain, BC – Feb. 13, 2009
1. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT
2. Olivia Nobs, Switzerland
3. Helene Olafsen, Norway
4. Maelle Ricker, Canada
5. Mellie Francon, Switzerland