Alena Zavarzina and Jasey Jay Anderson clinch second Parallel Giant Slalom in Telluride
Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) have won the season's second Parallel Giant Slalom of the 2010 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in Telluride, Colorado, USA. The Russian edged off Marion Kreiner from Austria in the ladies final thus securing her career's first ever World Cup win. In the Austrian battle for third, Ina Meschik crossed the finish line ahead of Heidi Neururer. On the men's side, it was Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson who relegated his fellow countryman Michael Lambert to the runner-up spot. Rok Flander (SLO) rounded out the podium by winning over 2006 Olympic Silver medallist Simon Schoch (SUI) in the duel for third.
After Alena Zavarzina had missed the finals two days ago as 32nd, everything worked out fine for today's surprise winner of the second out of four World Cup competitions taking place in Telluride. In all of her heats against Gloria Kotnik (SLO), Claudia Riegler (AUT) and Ina Meschik, the 20-years-old was the dominating race boarder. Only in the finals against Kreiner, the young gun from Russia had to catch up the slight margin of 15 hundredths. Due to this, a lot of cheering took place in the finish sack after Zavarzina had secured her first ever victory in her eighth World Cup start. "It was hard. I knew that I can ride fast but today I proofed it to myself, to my team, my coaches and mother Russia. It's awesome!"
Marion Kreiner was also pleased with the result although she had to concede victory by losing the final by only 0.47 seconds. The 28-years-old Graz resident was already on the verge of her career's second World Cup win when she made the decisive mistake after half of the second run: "I got shocked when I entered the steep part. This cost precious time." However, the reigning Parallel Giant Slalom World Champion added: "Of course I would have preferred the first rank but I'm pleased with the runner-up position."
Double victory for Canada's men squad
What Austria didn't come off with although it had three ladies in the semi finals, Canada did successfully in the men's competition: the celebration of a double victory. And once again it was snowboard veteran Jasey Jay Anderson who enjoyed the feeling of standing on top of the podium after the 34-years-old Canadian Rocket had been slightly disappointed with his fifth rank two days ago: "On Tuesday, I couldn't figure out the right equipment so I wasn't in a good mood. That definitely changed today. The old man learned from the experience. It was brilliant as everything, the course, the snow and the weather was perfect. Everything went my way.
Based on his career's 25th World Cup victory the father of two will enjoy his last season as an active athlete while also breathing down World Cup leader Benjamin Karl's (2,060) neck by only being 10 points behind. "Well, I will definitely start in a few World Cup races so I will be semi-retired if you can say so. But I will compete for the fun next year."
However, Canada's alpine snowboarding team doesn't have to be worried about finding the right follow-ups as there are two guys waiting in the wings: Matthew Morison who had won the race two days ago and unfortunately fractured his arm today after crashing in the qualifiers and Michael Lambert who had secured his career's best result today. But especially Lambert had to wait quite a long time until he finally got the knack. "It has been black years for me. My coaches always said, stay calm and focused and good things will come to you. But I was so obsessed with results - especially as a young rider coming to the World Cup circus. That it worked out on Tuesday (6th rank) and today is just perfect. Tons of pressure have gone and I know now that I can do it" the 23-years-old said.