Sunday, January 27, 2002
Finnish snowboarders finish 2-3-4
KREISCHBERG, Austria -- Tadej Valentan of Slovenia
capitalized on a fall by 16-year-old Antti Auti of Finland on
Sunday to win a jumping event in World Cup snowboarding.
Finnish snowboarders captured second, third and fourth place in
the Big Air competition.
Auti was leading after the first two heats but fell in the
decisive third heat.
Valentan earned 25.5 points for a nearly flawless performance in
the third heat to win with a total of 50.9 points. Points were
awarded for the best two of three heats.
Jari Tuoriniemi was second with 49.8 points, Auti was third with
49.2 and Risto Mattila was fourth with 47.1 points. Raphael Delfour
of France finished fifth with 41.9.
Tuoriniemi led the intermediate World Cup standings with 1,400
points. Mattila had 1,300 and Auti 1,200.