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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Report from ESPN on the Ultracross competition at the 2005
Winter X Games on Sunday, January 30, 2005.
HUSER CAPITALIZES ON SECOND CHANCE
Pass of de le Rue gives team Ultracross gold
Aspen, Colorado - Marco Huser was in the same position about 24 hours
earlier - trailing Xavier de le Rue in the finals of Men’s Snowboarder X.
He was unable to overtake him, however, and was forced to settle for
third place and a bronze medal - his first at the Winter X Games.
Sunday was a different story, though. Huser (Glarnerland, Switzerland) was
again trailing de le Rue in Ultracross as the pair quickly approached
the finish line in the finals of the snowboard-skiing relay race. This
time Huser pumped away and slipped by his main competition and crossed
the finish line first to give him and his partner, Eric Andersson, gold medals.
It was quite a Winter X Games for the duo. Huser was the final qualifier
from Friday’s Snowboarder X seeding run and went on to capture firsts
in both the quarterfinal and semifinals heats Saturday to earn a berth
in the final.
He then battled his way into third place for his first-ever X Games
medal. Sunday’s gold was the first medal for Andersson (Nora, Sweden)
in his six appearances. His previous best was a tie for ninth in
Ultracross in his debut in 2000.
"The race was amazing," said Huser. "I got out of the gate third and
kept gaining momentum. I passed one person and then passed de le Rue.
He’s the best and once I passed him I knew I could win."
"The race was incredible," said Andersson. "It was an intense competition.
Marco had an amazing race to beat de le Rue."
De le Rue (Saint Lary, France) continued his strong performance in
Ultracross as he and teammate Davey Barr (Whistler, BC, Canada) captured
second. It was his third medal in as many years in the discipline
(one gold, two silver). This was Barr’s first time on the medal
stand at Winter X.
The team of
Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, Calif.) and Eric Archer (Vail, Colo.)
each claimed their second career medals in Ultracross by adding bronzes.
Holland won a gold in 2004 and Archer won silver in 2002.
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