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TTR NESCAFÉ CHAMPS 2011 in Leysin – Gian Simmen Introduces The Slopestyle Course

Blue bird conditions and a perfectly groomed park is awaiting finalist riders of the 5Star NESCAFÉ CHAMPS Leysin. The 20th anniversary of this respected snowboard event has taken over the small Swiss village of Leysin and filled it with top riders ready to tackle the progressive slopestyle course, as well as, legends of snowboarding who have come to celebrate this beloved event, that has brought many riders into the lime light. In this clip, Swiss rider Gian Simmen walks us through the slopestyle course which is so unique due to the integrated halfpipe.

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Watch the action live today 12th Februrary 2011 http://www.ttrworldtour.com/multimedia/live-webcast.html starting 12.30 GMT.

Men’s Finals:

1. Jaakko Ruha (FIN)
2. Risto Mattila (FIN)
3. Gian Simmen (SUI)
4. Jan Scherrer (SUI)
5. Manuel Pietropoli (ITA)
6. Johann Baisamy (FRA)
7. Niklas Mattson (SWE)
8. Sami Luthanen (FIN)
9. Lucien Koch (SUI)
10. Nuutti Niemelä (FIN)

Women’s Finals

1. Isabel Derungs (SUI)
2. Cilka Sadar (SLO)
3. Ursina Haller (SUI)
4. Nadja Purtschert (SUI)
5. Anne-Sophie Pellissier (FRA)
6. Clémence Grimal (FRA)

Complete results: www.nescafe-champs.ch / MEDIA

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