Snowboard Success in Kreischberg

24th January 2004

Lesley McKenna (29, Aviemore) still retains her World Number One ranking in the FIS women's half pipe standings after finishing second tonight in the world cup event in Kreichberg, Austria.

Despite finishing only 0.2 of a point behind Sophie Rodriguez of France, her reign may be cut short tomorrow, as she failed to qualify for tomorrow's final, a replacement World Cup event, for the competition lost in Laax in November.

" There are still three events to go so there is plenty left to do. The competition for the series was bound to be hard fought this season.  Second tonight is another great result, but clearly I am disappointed to miss out on tomorrow's final.  Tonight I am still top" Said McKenna, " I tried a few new tricks in qualifying for tomorrow, I learned from that experiencce and I made up for my disappointment in  tonight's final.  I feel much better now."

McKenna's routine in the final included successive front side and back side
540 degree spins into a 720, a series she had not completed before in

For now, at least, McKenna maintain's her position at the head of the FIS World Cup Halfpipe rankings.


Women's World Cup Halfpipe
Kreischberg, Austria, 23/1/04

1     1756476    RODRIGUEZ Sophie        FRA      1000.0          1000.00
2     1182430    MCKENNA Lesley           GBR      800.0             800.00
3     7305006    YAMAOKA Soko            JPN       600.0             600.00
4     1459365    OLOFSSON Anna           SWE      500.0             500.00
5     1519998    SCHULER Andrea            SUI       450.0              450.00
6     1509902    ACHARD Audrey             FRA      400.0              400.00