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Douglas Silve (BRA) dominated Downhill Skateboarding qualifying. Photo Yorck Dertinger
Jungholz, Austria – Douglas “Dalua” Silva from Sao Paola, Brazil rebounded from a disappointing performance last week to dominate Downhill Skateboard qualifying for tomorrows Almabtrieb World Cup.
Silva was the fastest skater in both runs and wound up with a 1.3 second advantage over reigning IGSA World Cup Series Champion Erik Lundberg from Stockholm, Sweden. Veteran Bassi Haller from Stutgart, Germany turned in two solid runs to secure the number three position. Mike Zietsman from Cape Town, South Africa was fourth and Mischo Erban from Vancouver, Canada rounded out the top five.
Defending Series Champion Erik Lundberg (SWE) crashed hard in practice but recovered to qualify second. Photo Yorck Dertinger
Last week’s World Cup race in Peyragudes, France was described by many as the strongest, toughest field in the history of Downhill Skateboarding. Today the bar was raised even further when 119 of the world’s best downhill skaters battled it out just to earn the right to race in tomorrow’s final eliminations. Watching the skaters negotiate the “S-Bend” at the end of the long straight was incredible and showed how much downhill has progressed in the past two years. Veteran skaters who watched described it as unbelievable!

Number one Women's qualifier Brianne Davies (CAN) skims the hay bales during a practice run. Photo Yorck Dertinger
In Women’s Downhill Skateboarding, Canadian Brianne Davies continued showing the dominant form she used in France to take earn the number one qualifying position. Her time was also good enough to earn her the 57th starting position in the Open race! In second position was two-time defending IGSA World Champion Jolanda Vogler from Switzerland. Uta Hang from Germany rounded out the top three.
Peyragudes Winner Kevin Reimer (CAN) qualified seventh. Photo Yorck Dertinger

The weather forecast for the day was poor and most were expecting wet conditions similar to Thursday. When everyone arrived at 9:00am for a riders meeting to discuss the days plans the road was wet but the sky was clearing. By the time Classic Luge qualifying got underway two hours later, the road had dried and conditions were good. The lay down skateboard classes were happy to get one run of dry qualifying run in after yesterday’s rainy sessions.
Zietsman (RSA), Rizzo (USA), Reimer (CAN) and Smith (CAN) tearing up the pavement in Jungholz. Photo Yorck Dertinger

Pascal Blondeau and Jonathan Blottier made it a French sweep of the top two positions in Classic Luge. 2007 IGSA World Cup Series Champion Michael Serek who is also known as the “Flyng Dentist” was third. Jochen Baumann from Germany was fourth and Eugen Forschner completed the top five. In all 30 riders took qualifying runs in Classic Luge.

Patrick Rizzo (USA) fully committed through the "S-Bend". Photo Yorck Dertinger

In Women’s Classic Luge Carol Riviere from France didn’t let a broken ankle slow her down as she took the number one qualifying position. Carole fractured her ankle last month at the Daurnetal French National and is still riding with a cast. Karine De Pontives who also hails from France was second and Uta Hang was third.

Mike Zietsman (RSA) has been a consistent front runner. Photo Yorck Dertinger

Reigning IGSA World Cup Series Champion Sebastian Tournissac of France led Street Luge qualifying . Both Tournissac and number two qualifier Leander Lacey from Cape Town, South Africa had elected to skip yesterdays wet qualifying session hoping for dry conditions today. Their gamble paid off as the swept the top two starting positions. Lacey is the 2004 Street Luge World Champion and tomorrows race is shaping up to be a real shownown. German Eugen Forschner was third followed by defending IGSA World Champion Gauthier DeKyndt in fourth. Last year DeKyndt won the World Championship at this event and his fourth place starting position places him in a solid position going into the race. Rounding out the top five was 2006 IGSA World Champion Loic Zaccaro. 27 Street luge riders participated in the qualifying session.

Brazilian star Douglas Silva is the favorite going into eliminations. Photo Yorck Dertinger

In Women’s Street Luge, it was once again Carol Riviere in first followed by Karine DePontives in second. Noticeably absent this week is multi time World Champion Angelina Nobre from France. Angelina was injured last week during her second qualifying run in Peyragudes. It was first reported that Angelina had broken her collarbone but fortunately those reports were false. In reality she separated her shoulder and hopes to return to competition in late August.

Fortunately the weather stayed dry for most of the day. The second run of Downhill Skateboard qualifying was delayed for about an hour when a shower wet the track, but fortunately the track dried quickly and the days activities were able to continue.

Bassi Haller on his way to winning the German Championship. Photo Yorck Dertinger

After qualifying concluded, the German Championships were held for each discipline. The top qualifying German competitors were placed into brackets to determine their National Champions. Bassi Haller won the Downhill Skateboarding title. Eugen Forschner won in Street Luge and Jochen Baumann earned the Championship in Classic Luge.  Uta Hang was crowned the German Champion in Women’s Downhill Skateboarding.

Tomorrow’s race gets underway at 10:00am with Classic Luge followed by Downhill Skateboarding and finally Street Luge. All of the non-qualifiers will still be able to make practice runs and will actually have a separate shuttle bus designated just for them. The weather reports are predicting warm temperatures and sunshine. The stage is set for a battle of epic proportions. 

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