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Snowboarding at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's Boardercross

Snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Bardonecchia
Date Started: February 16, 2006
Date Finished: February 16, 2006

Gold: USA Seth Wescott
Silver: SVK Radoslav Židek
Bronze: FRA Paul-Henri De Le Rue

Summary

A popular snowboarding event, which had been highlighted during ESPN’s X-Games, boardercross consists of several boarders (usually four) competing on the same race course at the same time, in a match racing format. For the Olympics, 36 boarders started, with 32 advancing to the match racing and the eighth-finals. In the match racing, the top two racers in each heat moved on to the next round. The qualifying round consisted of two runs, with the best run of the two used to determine placements. Drew Neilson (CAN) led the qualifying but in round one of match racing, he placed only third in the first heat and did not advance. Semi-final two matched three Americans and France’s Paul-Henri De Le Rue, with Delerue and Seth Wescott advancing to the final. The other surviving semi-finalists were Slovakian Radoslav Židek and Spain’s Jordi Font. The final was won comfortably by Wescott, with Židek second, giving Slovakia its first every medal at the Olympic Winter Games. The consolation final was won by Canada’s Jasey-Jay Anderson, who had competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, and in 1998 had led the giant slalom after one run. In 2009, the venerable Anderson would finally win a World Championship in boardercross. Sweden’s Jonatan Johansson placed 12th overall in what would be his final race. Shortly after the Torino Olympics ended, he died in a training accident in Lake Placid.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Seth Wescott 29 United States USA Gold
2 Radoslav Židek 24 Slovakia SVK Silver
3 Paul-Henri De Le Rue 21 France FRA Bronze
4 Jordi Font 30 Spain ESP
5 Jasey-Jay Anderson 30 Canada CAN
6 Jason Smith 24 United States USA
7 Damon Hayler 29 Australia AUS
8 Dieter Krassnig 32 Austria AUT
9 Marco Huser 26 Switzerland SUI
10 François Boivin 23 Canada CAN
11 Tommaso Tagliaferri 23 Italy ITA
12 Jonatan Johansson 25 Sweden SWE
13 Michal Novotný 24 Czech Republic CZE
14 Nate Holland 27 United States USA
15 Hans Jörg Unterrainer 25 Austria AUT
16 Itaru Chimura 30 Japan JPN
17 Drew Neilson 31 Canada CAN
18 Xavier De Le Rue 26 France FRA
19 Lukas Grüner 24 Austria AUT
20 Mateusz Ligocki 23 Poland POL
21 Jonte Grundelius 30 Sweden SWE
22 Rafał Skarbek-Malczewski 23 Poland POL
23 Tom Velisek 25 Canada CAN
24 Stefano Pozzolini 28 Italy ITA
25 Ueli Kestenholz 30 Switzerland SUI
26 Alberto Schiavon 27 Italy ITA
27 Michael Layer 27 Germany GER
28 Mattias Blomberg 29 Sweden SWE
29 Sylvain Duclos 27 France FRA
30 Mario Fuchs 29 Austria AUT
31 Graham Watanabe 23 United States USA
32 David Speiser 25 Germany GER
33 Simone Malusà 32 Italy ITA
34 Ibón Idigoras 26 Spain ESP
35 Pierre Vaultier 18 France FRA
36 Alex Kupprion 27 Germany GER