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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 December, 2003, 12:13 GMT
Scot McKenna wins opener
Lesley McKenna
McKenna impressed in Sweden
Snowboarder Lesley McKenna made a great start to her 2004 half-pipe season with victory in the opening World Cup event.

At the event in Tandadalen, Sweden, Scot McKenna produced a brilliant routine in awkward conditions.

McKenna said: "It was really quite windy during the final and between that and the icy conditions I think it was really putting some of the girls off.

"But I knew it was good for me and really just went for it."

McKenna qualified for the final run in fourth place and used the same sequence of tricks which saw her claim her first World Cup crown in Sapporo, Japan, at the end of last season, to win again.

There had been days of mild temperatures but a hard overnight frost had left the half-pipe hard and icy and it was windy too.

McKenna said: "I was kind of lucky, you always need a bit of luck on your side.

"I was having fun, it was really nice to be riding the pipe after it got cancelled last week."

And the 29-year-old from Aviemore put her win down to her summer training, which included jointly winning the BBC's Superstars with swimmer Zoe Baker.

McKenna added: "I have been doing a lot of cross-training over the summer and it gave me a lot of confidence."

1 L McKenna (GBR) 1000.0
2 F Reuteler (Sui) 800.0
3 A Olofsson (Swe) 600.0
4 S Yamaoka (Jpn) 500.0
5 K Buaas (Nor) 450.0
6 R Masolini (Ita) 400.0

Baker and McKenna share spoils
13 Nov 03  |  Superstars

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