The first day of practice for the FIS World Cup snowboard cross was marked by pleasant weather and the condition of the circuit Arcalís Vallnord . During yesterday morning , 9 January, all teams entered in both categories , male and female , have been able to test the circuit and the feedback has been very positive . Unfortunately, the local rider Lluis Marin has been dropped and , so far , it is unknown if tomorrow will come on track and fight to be in the finals Saturday .
The circuit of coma Forat in Vallnord Arcalís , has already been tested by the different teams will be played , along this weekend , the double test of FIS World Cup SBX . Due to the postponement of the competition Veysonnaz (Switzerland ) , for lack of snow , the two tests will Arcalís finally the last two rounds to be played before the Olympic Games in Sochi.
In this sense, the double Olympic champion in snowboard cross , American Seth Wescott , explained that "the place and the circuit are perfect ." Having recovered from his knee injury , Wescott has said that the first practice went very well and stressed the importance of the two tests Arcalís for your team. " The rankings are very hard , I should do well this weekend . But I feel recovered and my goal is to fight for the gold medal in Sochi. "
On the other hand , the coach of the Spanish team , Israel Planas , explained that this is a very well prepared circuit from the point technically . "It's a circuit 10 which includes all types of modules. It is very technical and requires very smoothly as there are bits very plain "said Planas. Regarding his team, he said that " the three boys went quite fast, but will have to be alert because the snow conditions are not always the same ."
As for the local rider , Lluís Marin, is unknown at this time whether he can compete in trials. In the round of training has been dropped and has hurt his back, and still no medical findings that will ultimately determine whether competing at home are known. However , if low, Marin has already secured his place in the Olympic Games in Sochi.