Argonay, France - Kevin Reimer continued his domination of the 2010 IGSA World Cup Series with a convincing win over Patrick Switzer in Saturday's Open Downhill Skateboarding Final. Reimer was unbeatable all day long in the head to head format on the most technically demanding course of the Series.
Louis Pilloni defeated his Sector 9 team mate Evren Ozan in the Consolation Final to secure third place. It was a day of upsets with many of the favorites going out in the early rounds.
There were a number of early eliminations that suprised many. Among those were last years Graveyard Call winner Scoot Smith and runner up Mischo Erban in the first round. Jackson Shapiera who finished in second place at last weekends World Championships was also eliminated in the first round. Going out in the second round was Brazilian Douglas Silva and former Series Champion Erik Lundberg.
As the heats wore on it was very interesting to watch the world's best downhill skaters go up against each other in one on one duels. Finally the semi finals were reached and the number one, two three and four qualifiers were the last skaters left standing. In the first semi it was Reimer taking on Lundberg with Reimer coming out on top. The second was Ozan vs Switzer. Switzer kicked out in front as they left the line with Ozan hot on his tail. Ozan stalked him the entire way down but Switzer never made a mistake and went on to the Final.
In the Consolation Final it was a battle between the Sector Nime teammates. Lundberg won the battle to earn third place. The Final was epic with Reimer vs Switzer. Reimer kicked out first off the line with Switzer hot on his tail. As they negotiated the first hairpin Reimer and Switzer slid out. It was a mad push off the corner with Switzer coming out in front. Switzer led for a few more corners until he crashed off the road under the pressure of Reimer. At that point Reimer just cruised to the finish earning his second World Cup victory in a row and taking a commanding lead in the World Cup Series standings.
The World Cup Series will return next weekend to Teolo, Italy for the Padova Grand Prix. It's a really tight, technical course that will favor the skaters with slalom racing experience. We'll report all the action here beginning on Thursday evening.
The Graveyard Call
1. Kevin Reimer, Canada
2. Patrick Switzer, Canada
3. Louis Pilloni, United States
4. Evren Ozan, United States
5. Stefan Rufli, Switzerland
6. James Kelly, United States
7. Ramon Konigshausen Ramon, Switzerland
8. Phillipe Dupuy France
9. Christoph Batt, Switzerland
10. Adam Persson, Sweden