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Scandic Riders And Russians Dominate 2009 Bgv Fest


The Swatch TTR 4Star BGV Fest went off in Russia this weekend as two Scandinavian riders and a lone Russian took out the top spots. A huge crowd of spectators braved the cold conditions to watch Teo Konttinen (FIN) claim top honours as Chris SErman (SWE) took second, followed by Russias own, Viktor Teymurov in third. Konttinens efforts earned him a fat slice of the $25 000 USD prize purse and 500 TTR ranking points, boosting him over 200 places up to World No. 164 in the Swatch TTR ranking whilst SErman moved into World No. 21.The 2009 BGV Fest was awarded Swatch TTR 4Star status ensuring an even higher quality event than the year before. The set up of the Slopestyle course had vastly improved on last year and provided riders with limitless possibilities for trick combos. It consisted of three massive kickers, long rails and several boxes, features that Konttinen, SErman and Teymurov were slaying all night. Eight riders made it into the finals and showcasing the rise of Russian snowboarding were Viktor Teymurov, Sergey Lapushkin and Dmitrij Koltsov. Austrian favourite, Rudi Kroell, finished in 5th position and moved up over 15 positions on the Swatch TTR World Ranking, now sitting in World No. 48. His brother, Chris Kroell (AUT) just missed the cut in 9th position. Otto Veijola (FIN), winner of the 2007 BGV was unable to repeat his success and finished in 8th position, right behind Ludwig Lejkner (SWE).When the contest wrapped up, riders and spectators warmed up by the fire and got down to the sounds of Russias hottest bands and DJs. Russians know how to throw a sick event and expectations are rising for 2010, when the BGV Fest may be back, even bigger and better than ever.Log onto for updated rankings, news, and videos from all the recent Swatch TTR contests. The 5Star action will be coming thick and fast in the coming days with the 5Star Burton Canadian Open taking place February 2nd-8th, 2009, the 5Star Crans-Montana Champs Open presented by Rip Curl going down February 4th – 8th, 2009 and the 5Star Red Bull Snowscrapers rocking New York on February 5th, 2009.