Freestyle: David doubles up on globes in La Plagne


Can anything stop French ski cross racer Ophelie David?

The 32-year-old, three-time X Games champ wrapped her hands around her third (2009, 2008, 2006) overall globe at the Freestyle World Cup Finals in La Plagne, France today. Oh yeah; she also grabbed her sixth consecutive ski cross title trophy to keep it company. That’s nine shiny little worlds she can call her own, four more than American alpine great Lindsey Vonn, for now.
 
David’s name has been synonyms with winning since the World Cup birth of ski cross in 2003. And today, the season’s final day of World Cup freestyle competition, was no different as she cruised to her 20th career win ahead of Canadian Kelsey Serwa in second and Switzerland’s Emilie Serain in third.
Can anything stop French ski cross racer Ophelie David?

The 32-year-old, three-time X Games champ wrapped her hands around her third (2009, 2008, 2006) overall globe at the Freestyle World Cup Finals in La Plagne, France today. Oh yeah; she also grabbed her sixth consecutive ski cross title trophy to keep it company. That’s nine shiny little worlds she can call her own, four more than American alpine great Lindsey Vonn, for now.
 
David’s name has been synonyms with winning since the World Cup birth of ski cross in 2003. And today, the season’s final day of World Cup freestyle competition, was no different as she cruised to her 20th career win ahead of Canadian Kelsey Serwa in second and Switzerland’s Emilie Serain in third.

It was David’s sixth World Cup win of the season, her lowest two finishes were a pair of fourth-places in Cypress and St. Johann. Her nearest competitor in the ski cross standings was Austrian Katharina Gutensohn, 331 points behind. American moguls skier Hannah Kearney gave chase in the overall race, putting up 71 points to David’s 86. Canadian moguls specialist Jennifer Heil finished third overall with 64 points.

The trend continued in the men’s race as season-long leader Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic took home today’s victory and the 2009 ski cross title, his fourth in five years. Three wins and ten top-ten finishes in as many races sealed the deal.

Switzerland’s Armin Niederer took today’s sliver medal, followed by Canadian X Games champ Stanley Hayer in third. American Casey Puckett landed in ninth for his sixth top-ten finish of the year. His U.S.-leading best result was a second-place showing in Flaine, France in January.

“It was a tough race and a tough hill. It was steeper than normal for ski cross,” U.S. ski cross head coach Tyler Shepherd said. “The race could have gone better, obviously, because we didn’t get the podium. But, it was a good day in that Casey moved up a spot in the rankings and finished fourth in the overall.”
Canadian Christopher DelBosco finished 112 points behind Kraus in the ski cross overall standings. Sweden’s Lars Lewen finished third.

Kraus finished the season in third in the freestyle World Cup overall standings behind winner, Canadian moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau in first and his countryman, aerialist Steve Omischl in second. The highest-ranking American man at season’s end was aerialist Ryan St. Onge in fifth.

The American moguls and halfpipe skiers now head to Squaw Valley, Cali for the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships, March 27-29.  



Women’s Results:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1    2394866 DAVID Ophelie  1976  FRA       1000.00
 2    2527273 SERWA Kelsey  1989  CAN       800.00
 3    2404469 SERAIN Emilie  1984  SUI       600.00
 4    2446955 GRAUVOGL Alexandra  1981  GER       500.00
 5    2387882 CLINE Aleisha  1970  CAN       450.00
 6    2484707 GUTENSOHN Katharina  1966  AUT       400.00
 7    2526015 OFNER Katrin  1990  AUT       360.00
 8    2484802 KVINLOG Gro  1976  NOR       320.00
 9    2484439 MCIVOR Ashleigh  1983  CAN       290.00
 10    2526237 JOSSERAND Marion  1986  FRA       260.00
 11    2324342 BERNTSEN Hedda  1976  NOR       240.00
 12    2415721 BOULANGEAT Meryl  1986  FRA       220.00
 13    2526906 MURRAY Julia  1988  CAN       200.00
 14    2485085 OWENS Jenny  1978  AUS       180.00
 15    2527486 LUEDI Sanna  1986  SUI       0.00


Men’s Results:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2386524 KRAUS Tomas  1974  CZE       1000.00
 2  14  2526291 NIEDERER Armin  1987  SUI       800.00
 3  6  2526725 HAYER Stanley  1973  CAN       600.00
 4  3  2387009 LEWEN Lars  1975  SWE       500.00
 5  8  2447828 BARR Davey  1977  CAN       450.00
 6  15  2400395 ELIASSON Tommy  1980  SWE       400.00
 7  19  2190772 TAKIZAWA Hiroomi  1973  JPN       360.00
 8  2  2526820 DELBOSCO Christopher  1982  CAN       320.00
 9  4  2526254 PUCKETT Casey  1972  USA       290.00
 10  12  2384390 WITTNER Markus  1973  AUT       260.00
 11  13  2389531 KUHN Xavier  1978  FRA       240.00
 12  17  2484562 PICCARD Ted  1978  FRA       220.00
 13  18  2526239 FABRE Olivier  1983  FRA       200.00
 14  26  2412132 HAUKKALA Juha  1978  FIN       180.00
 15  28  2412714 SAFAR Zdenek  1978  CZE       160.00
 16  32  2450835 MIAILLIER Sylvain  1986  FRA       150.00
 17  5  2411938 ZANGERL Thomas  1983  AUT       140.00
 18  7  2455006 SCHMID Michael  1984  SUI       130.00
 19  9  2484604 KOLLER Patrick  1983  AUT       120.00
 20  10  2484376 GROENVOLD Audun  1976  NOR       110.00
 21  11  2392635 STEFFEN Andreas  1975  SUI       100.00
 22  16  2527286 LEMAN Brady  1986  CAN       90.00
 23  20  2527361 PELLINEN Jouni  1983  FIN       80.00
 24  21  2484520 BENNETT Brian  1980  CAN       70.00
 25  22  2389628 GAVAGGIO Enak  1976  FRA       60.00
 26  23  2386718 ILJANS Eric  1969  SWE       50.00
 27  24  2527501 HOFER Beni  1978  SUI       45.00
 28  25  2485209 EBENBICHLER Christoph  1983  AUT       40.00
 29  29  2526897 DUNCAN David  1982  CAN       0.00
 30  30  2526898 CULBERT Cam  1977  CAN       0.00
 31  31  2403402 MOLLING Karl Heinz  1972  ITA       0.00


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