Shea, Dervaes and Mentel-Spee complete back-to-back wins

The U.S. pair of Mike Shea and Marc Dervaes completed back-to-back wins at the IPCAS Snowboard World Cup at the Big White Ski Resort, Canada on Sunday (26 January), whilst the Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel-Spee continued her unbeatable form. 27 Jan 2014
IPCAS Snowboard World Cup at the Big White Ski Resort, Canada

The Big White Resort (Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada) will host the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships.

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Shea (2:29.20), who won the men’s lower limb snowboard cross race on Saturday (25 January), finished ahead of his teammate Evan Strong (2:30.51), the only man to beat him this year in World Cup events. John Leslie (2:33.74) of Canada was third.

Shea now holds a comfortable lead in the World Cup standings heading into February’s finals event in La Molina, Spain.

The Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel-Spee also holds a commanding lead in the world rankings after she maintained her 100 per cent record in World Cup events on Sunday. The multi-world champion finished in 2:42.12, well ahead of the U.S. duo of Amy Purdy (3:04.16) in second and Heidi Jo Duce (3:08.17) in third.

For the second day in a row the USA’s Mark Dervaes (2:42.9) won the upper limb impairment race ahead of Australia’s Matthew Robinson (3:00.20).

The next major event in the IPCAS Snowboard calendar is the World Cup Finals which will take place 10-12 February in La Molina, the Spanish resort that hosted last year’s IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.

In March, athletes with a lower limb impairment will head to Sochi, Russia as snowboard makes its Paralympic Winter Games debut on 14 March.