The picturesque Dolomites were the backdrop for the opening Audi FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup. (San Candido/Innichen)
SAN CANDIDO, Italy (Dec. 17) Newcomer Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) turned heads for the second day in a row at the first World Cup ski cross races of the season in San Candido. Swensson skied the second-fastest qualifying time then finished the day in 17th. Pat Duran missed finals by .03 of a second finishing the day 34th. Reigning X Games gold medalist John Teller, sore from a crash the day before, finished 39th. The Audi FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup tour begins again in early January in St. Johann, Austria.
Rookie Joe Swensson is in his first season on the international tour and qualified both days, including an impressive second Sunday.
Biche Rudigoz was 48th, Trevor Ricioli in 66th and Randy Detrick in 75th.
The Audi FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup continues Jan. 6-7 in St. Johann, Austria.
QUOTES Pat Duran Joey was going at it hard coming into the last jump with all four guys. Three crashed and it was a nordic finish to the line for second place. Bad luck for Joey because he only had one and-a-half poles due to breaking one on impact in the crash.
There is some serious skiing going on right now in ski cross. It’s hard.